• This morning I spoke to Morning Ireland on RTE and Newstalk 106 about the Irish government’s decision to appoint Kevin Cardiff, a former Head of the Irish Ministry of Finance, to a €180,000 job at the European Court of Auditors.
The Court, as regular readers of this blog will know, is tasked with auditing and assuring the fiscal integrity of EU accounts and the EU budget.
So what’s the problem with Mr Cardiff? As head of his department he oversaw a mistake in the accounts that could have cost Ireland €3.6 bln. By this I mean his department overstated Irish debt by this amount. Luckily the mistake was found out recently.
Should such a person be rewarded with an auditing job in the EU? I certainly do not think so.
I will update you later this week after a Budgetary Control Committee meeting, where I will raise Mr Cardiff’s suitability for the post with the Chief of the Court of Auditors.
More on this story in the Irish press in my news section. Stay tuned…