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Tuesday 23 September 2014

College spent €20,000 on portraits

Published 16/05/2014 | 02:30

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A THIRD-level college spent €20,000 on portraits of two officials, the Dail's spending watchdog heard.

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Cork Institute of Technology commissioned portraits of its president Dr Brendan Murphy and then governing body chairman Dr Paddy Caffrey in 2008.

The secretary general of the Department of Education, Sean O Foghlu, revealed the cost of the paintings at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

When asked by PAC chairman John McGuinness if the portraits represented "good value for money", Mr O Foghlu replied: "It was not a decision I would have taken in the department.

"On the other hand, institutes of higher education have a history and are trying to develop a tradition.

"So it is not a decision I would make, but it is their call to decide. It is their call to make that decision."

Irish Independent

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