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Colleges group MD

EDUCATION group Independent Colleges has appointed Padraig Hourigan as managing director.

Mr Hourigan is currently finance director and the move reflects a succession plan agreed after Garret Doyle, the current CEO and a founding director of the college, signaled his intention to depart the business to pursue other interests.

A chartered accountant by profession, Mr Hourigan (37) joined the Independent Group in 2001 as finance manager in its publishing division.