Northern Ireland

Former Derry charity boss investigated by police

Image caption Some government departments have withdrawn funding from the Derry-based charity

A former director of the Londonderry-based charity Seeds, Eddie Kerr, is being investigated by the PSNI.

The charity offers training courses and events to help migrants integrate into the local community.

The police said while it did not comment on named businesses or individuals, they were investigating an allegation of financial irregularities.

Mr Kerr, who stood down in February, said the investigation did not play any part in his decision to resign.

In a statement he said "if questions were asked, answers would be given" and he wished for a speedy conclusion to the inquiry.

The organisation was founded in 2005 and has received funding from a range of bodies including Derry City Council, the Department of Social Development, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the British Council.

Since the investigation began, some partner organisations have suspended funding to the charity including the Department of Social Development and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

A spokesperson for Seeds said the current board of directors wished to confirm that they were working very closely with the departments and the PSNI in relation to the current investigation.

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