Donegal GP and former Government Minister Dr. James McDaid has said he has concerns over a lack of transparency from the Good and New charity which operates the cancer bus to Galway.
It follows revelations in today Sunday Times newspaper in which the Donegal charity has been found to have received over €400,000 more than it spent in the past two years.
An investigation by the newspaper showed its expenditure for recent years.
In its return to the charities regulator, the Good and New Shop reported income of more than €815,000 over 2015 and 2016, and expenditure of €390,780.
The charity’s income was €231,440 for 2015 while expenditure was €101,130.
The operator of the bus service say it needs €1,000 to operate the service.
Last week Good and New Shop refused to answer questions on its finances or corporate governance, the newspaper reports.
When approached by the newspaper, the chairman of the charity, Eamon McDevitt said the charity’s accountant was in Australia and he would not be talking to him until the New Year.
He told the Sunday Times “We just work here in the charity. What comes in, comes in and what goes out, goes out,” he said.
The chairman of the Donegal Hospice, Dr James McDaid, said he was “really surprised” that the charity had raised more than €815,000 in the past two years as he said Mr McDevitt warned him the bus was close to being “forced off the road.”
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