Thursday 22 February 2018

Man due in court over school funds probe

John Walshe Education Editor

A 55-year-old will reappear in court later this week on charges of misappropriation of funds from one of the country's top secondary schools.

Denis Connolly, from 52 St John's, Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, was remanded on bail in December to appear in the district court on Friday.

He was charged with the unauthorised removal of €5,110 from St Michael's College school board's bank account in Dublin.

However, gardai from Donnybrook station are continuing their inquiries into the misappropriation of a much larger amount.

Mr Connolly had been associated with the Dublin 4 school for some years and a spokesman for the school said efforts were being made to recover the missing funds.

He said that the financial controller of St Michael's College had been in the post since September 2010.

"Neither she nor any current member of staff, the school's Board of Trustees or Board of Management is under suspicion or investigation in relation to the misappropriation of funds. "No member of staff or of its Board of Trustees or board has been placed on leave."

He said that no public funds had been misappropriated and stressed that the quality of education offered by the school would not be adversely affected by this development. The school, which includes Labour TD Ruairi Quinn as well as former AIB chairman Loughlin Quinn among its past pupils, and the late Dermot Morgan as a former teacher, has around 600 students paying almost €5,000 a year in fees.

It features prominently in school league tables for the high percentage of students who go on to university.

Irish Independent

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