Media Statement - Investigation Report by the Standards in Public Office Commission
20 April 2017
The Standards Commission has today published its investigation report about alleged contraventions of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 (the Ethics Acts) by Mr Richard Hickey, formerly a member of the Board of the former Family Support Agency. The report follows an investigation hearing held on 30 January 2017.
The Standards Commission has found that Mr Hickey contravened the ethics legislation, when as a member of the Board of the Family Support Agency, he submitted duplicate claims for travelling and subsistence expenses from the Family Support Agency and St Brigid’s Family Resource Centre for attendance at the same events.
It was alleged that Mr Hickey did a ‘specified act’ within the meaning of the Ethics Acts, relating to the double claiming of expenses, which was inconsistent with the proper performance of his functions as a member of the Family Support Agency. The Standards Commission determined, having regard to the nature and extent of double claiming of expenses, that the ‘specified act’ was committed intentionally by Mr Hickey and was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter.
In accordance with the requirements of the Act, the Commission has sent copies of its report to Mr Hickey, to the Chairperson of Tusla, and to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
The investigation report, together with full details of the Standards Commission’s findings and determinations is available here http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Investigation-Reports/Investigation-Report-Mr-Richard-Hickey-formerly-a-member-of-the-Board-of-the-Family-Support-Agency/.
Standards in Public Office Commission
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Notes for Editors:
- The following section of the Ethics Acts was found to have been contravened by Mr Hickey;
A “specified act” as referred to in section 4 of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 is:
“an act… or an omission… that is, or the circumstances of which are, such as to be inconsistent with the proper performance by the specified person of the functions of the office or position by reference to which he or she is such a person or with the maintenance of confidence in such performance by the general public, and the matter is one of significant public importance.”
- The Family Support Agency was dissolved and its functions transferred to Tusla (Child and Family Agency) with effect from 1 January 2014 under the Child and Family Agency Act 2013
- In the course of the Commission’s examination it was established that Mr Hickey made duplicate expense claims exceeding €43,000 over the period from 2008 to 2013