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Varadkar says it can’t be ruled out that some RTE payments may have broken the law

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he could not rule out that some payments made by RTÉ could be illegal, reports Breaking News.

Mr Varadkar said he believed the point had not yet been reached where An Garda Síochána should be involved, but expressed concerns as to whether the payments made by the national broadcaster complied with the Companies Act.

The Irish public service broadcaster is in crisis over the disclosure of its internal financial, accounting and administrative practices.

A number of issues emerged when two parliamentary committees questioned RTÉ’s senior management this week in Dublin, reports Breaking News.

Much attention has been given to the handling of UK “barter” accounts, used by RTÉ to pay for certain services and tickets, and travel related to corporate entertainment.

Arriving at the European Council summit in Brussels on Friday, the Taoiseach was asked by journalists whether any revelations about the date warranted Garda involvement.

“I’m not sure we’re at that point. But it did concern me to hear that payments, it would appear anyway, that payments were made by RTÉ to outside contractors for work that wasn’t actually done. And that does raise issues in terms of accounting rules and company law, but I think we’re not yet at the point (of Garda involvement). I don’t think we can rule out the fact that it’s not just a case of irregular payments, that some of these payments may have been on the wrong side of the law. But don’t want to jump to that conclusion,” he said, reports Breaking News.

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