24 September 2008

An Post investigates "Irregularities"

Four members of staff at An Post (the Irish postal service) have been suspended while an investigation is being carried out into alleged "accounting irregularities" at their head office, the GPO (General Post Office) in Dublin (photo), famous as one of the main venues of the 1916 Easter Rising.

A statement from the company said that "arising from enquiries to date, four employees have been suspended on full pay as a precaution in order to facilitate the completion of the internal investigation".
It went on to say that Gardaí have been made aware of the matter and are awaiting the outcome of the probe.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the Communications Workers Union said it had been assured that the suspension of the four members of staff did not in any way constitute a finding of guilt. However, the union is concerned about the nature of the investigation by the company.

Though it early days yet, one wonders if this is another scandal, adding to the many cases of fraud, incompetence and sloppiness that have killed the 'Celtic Tiger' and made us a banana republic and a laughing stock in Europe.

The Emerald Islander

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