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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 51.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if any of the current management assigned to SOLAS from FÁS were investigated following the revealing of financial irregularities at FÁS; and if any such person investigated was sanctioned for actions during their time as senior manager or director in FÁS. [2960/12]

[310]Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciaran Cannon Zoom on Ciaran Cannon The legislation for the creation of SOLAS has not as yet been passed and no staff have been assigned to SOLAS.

Disciplinary issues in relation to FÁS staff are an operational matter for FÁS within the meaning of the Labour Services Act 1987 and I have no role or function in these matters.

I have been informed by FÁS that a number of staff were subject to disciplinary sanctions in relation to certain procedural findings concerning the Corporate Affairs Unit of FÁS. These sanctions were as a result of an independent investigation which is now complete. A small number of staff that were investigated still remain with FÁS. However, the findings against these staff resulted in the application of sanctions at the lower end of the scale due to the nature of the specific findings involved.

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