College asks its ex-president to repay expenses
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He was not reappointed to a second term in 2011 after details emerged of spending by his office that peaked at €630,000 in 2008 and included serious breaches of spending controls in areas such as hospitality and taxis. In total, €3.7m was spent by the college’s office of president from 2004-11.
The WIT governing body’s decision not to reappoint him is understood to be the subject of a legal challenge by Mr Byrne against the college, where he was director and later president since 2001.
WIT has now reviewed spending by his office from 2007-11 to identify any spending that could be deemed of personal benefit to him.
In a letter to the Higher Education Authority (HEA), his successor as president, Ruaidhrí Neavyn, and WIT governing body chairman Donal Ormonde, say the college has sent Mr Byrne a claim for reimbursement.
The Irish Examiner sent WIT a number of questions on the nature and scale of the expenses it claims were of personal benefit to Mr Byrne. A spokesperson said the college could not comment for legal reasons.
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Posted on July 25, 2013, in Education, Ireland and tagged Dáil Éireann, Donal Ormonde, Education, Higher Education Authority, Ireland, Irish Examiner, Irish News, United States, Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.