KAREN THE OCCUPANT LABOUR MINISTER has criticised the Government’s lack of action on the IRS complaint and said he was “not happy” at the organisation’s lacklustre response.
Speaking to RTE’s Morning Ireland, Mr Kenny said he has been “absolutely heartbroken” by the lack of response by the IRB to complaints about the office and said the Government should “come up with some new and innovative ideas” to deal with the problem.
Mr Kenny said the IRBs failure to respond to complaints made by IRBs staff has left the Office of the Commissioner “somewhat in disarray”.
“There’s a very real need for an immediate response from the Commissioner to the complaints,” he said.
“The Commissioner has been quite slow to respond and we’ve had complaints of that in the past, which we’ve been unable to resolve.”
Mr Kenny’s comments come as the Government prepares to announce a new regional division for the IRM in the next two months.
The Commissioner will be appointed by the Government in March and will have to take responsibility for regional divisions, which currently have a single commissioner.
The commissioner’s office will also be responsible for ensuring the organisation is complying with the rules of the IRAs regional division.
Mr Noonan has said he wants to appoint an “inclusive and capable” commissioner for the regional division, but there are concerns that the office is not fit for purpose.
He has also said he will appoint a deputy commissioner to act as an interim chief of staff to assist with the process of setting up the new regional divisions.
The Minister for Local Government, Finance and Employment said that he was not “happy” with the Commissioner’s office, which has failed to respond after receiving complaints.
“I’m not happy that it has not been effective in resolving the complaints and there’s no indication that it will be,” Mr Noonan said.
“It’s not a matter of doing what I want it to do, I’m not going to make a judgement on that.”
The Commissioner’s Office said it was aware of the issue and was working to resolve the issue.
The Department of Finance said it would be undertaking an internal review of the office’s response to the claims made.