Wednesday 7 December 2016

FAS culture must be swept away

Published 05/10/2010 | 05:00

PAUL O'Toole was appointed director general of FAS in April last year after the disclosure of a series of scandalous events, involving lavish waste of public money, in the State training agency.

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In January of this year, Michael Dempsey was appointed chairman of the agency. The task of the new management team was to "clean up" FAS. They set about it with a will.

But in Ireland, sadly, nothing ever seems to end, least of all the scandals. Last October, this newspaper disclosed that a tutor had "doctored" results to award students passes in examinations they would otherwise have failed. FAS launched an inquiry. Its findings, published in a report yesterday, are shocking.

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