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New call for probe on culture trust lunches

A board member of the troubled Temple Bar Cultural Trust is calling for a full audit into its practices amid allegations of further lavish spending.

The Herald reported yesterday how taxpayers were stung for two lunches for the Trust that totalled more than €2,600.

The meals were held in February 2010 and 2009 at the award-winning Eden Restaurant in Temple Bar -- a building which is owned by TBCT.

Over 50 people ran up bills of €2,644.80 which included 32 bottles of wine.

Board Member and Independent councillor Mannix Flynn has now called for a "full and independent" audit of the TBCT's previous spending.

"I am not satisfied that the misspending of the public's money stops at these lunches," Cllr Flynn told the Herald this morning.