Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Accountant sent MEPs angry email

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says the Government will stand by its nomination of Kevin Cardiff for a role on the European Court of Auditors

An Irish civil servant in Europe has admitted sending an angry email to two MEPs which may have shattered his replacement's hopes of securing a lucrative job.

Accountant Eoin O'Shea criticised Kevin Cardiff over his work during Ireland's economic collapse as he tried to keep hold of the post on the European Court of Auditors.

The email, sent to German MEPs Jens Geier and Ingeborg Grassle on the European Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee in Brussels, was dramatically exposed just a day after members voted to reject Mr Cardiff's nomination.

Despite the embarrassing setback Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore are adamant they want their Department of Finance chief for the auditing role.

Mr O'Shea, due to leave the 276,000 euro a year job in the New Year after just two years in Luxembourg, said the email attack was wrong and was sent in the heat of the moment.

"I'm sorry for sending the email. It was on the date that I got my notification. But I was not seeking to influence anybody. I was letting off steam," Mr O'Shea said.

The Taoiseach warned he has no intention of reappointing Mr O'Shea to the auditing role.

"I was disappointed to find an independent officer of the court of auditors making such comments in an email," said Mr Kenny.

Mr O'Shea's email to the MEPs referred to Mr Cardiff as: "An Irish civil servant who was responsible for the financial supervision during the collapse of the Irish banks."

Ms Grassle, an MEP and affiliate of Mr Kenny's European People's Party, revealed she voted against Mr Cardiff when refused more time to ask questions about his role in the banking crisis. "I found it amazing that the MEPs do not need to know this additional information," she said.

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