I finally received the Cllr. Kennedy report last Friday. Its contents were predictable.
Cllr. Kennedy outlined the matter pretty much as it appeared in media reports.
His principal point was that he had made an honest and genuine mistake which, when it was brought to his attention, he immediately refunded the payments.
Limerick City Council, after considering Cllr. Kennedy’s excuse, decided that he was telling the truth.
The Council summed up as follows:
The matter highlights the importance of ensuring that claim forms are properly and accurately completed before being submitted for payment.
Having regard to this and the requirement for openness and transparency in the public service, the undersigned have decided to refer a copy of this report to the Standards in Public Office Commission for their information.
It would, of course, have been astonishing if the outcome had been any different.
I considered submitting the complaint to SIPO but it’s an absolute certainty that the outcome would be the same – and Christmas is nearly upon us.