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New provost to keep plush address

THE next provost of Trinity will earn about €20,000 less than the outgoing provost, Dr John Hegarty, but will live in one of the most desirable addresses in the city -- No 1 Grafton Street, pictured above.

It is a statutory requirement of the appointment that the provost "shall ordinarily reside in the Provost's House".

This 18th Century house, on the TCD campus, includes a private residence for the provost's official functions. It has an art collection, including works by Jack B Yeats. However, for the pleasure of living there, the provost is taxed, as it is regarded as benefit-in-kind.

Two other college presidents -- Dr Hugh Brady of UCD and Dr Don Barry at the University of Limerick, whose house was funded privately -- also live on campus.

Irish Independent