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Temple Bar trust report 'a stitch-up'

THE troubled Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) has described an independent report which called for it to be scrapped as a "stitch-up".

Internal documents seen by Herald reveal that the trust has privately slated the findings of the report -- which was carried out by Latitude consultants and paid for by the taxpayer.

The response reveals how the organisation deemed the report "profoundly contradictory, weak and illogical.

The trust takes several parting shots at the authors. It states: "The review attempts to establish a new logic -- work efficiently, do your job well and we will still get rid of you."


However the author of the review, Lucy McKeever, today told the Herald that she was not aware of the response.

In a statement to the Herald, TBCT chief executive Dermot McLaughlin said: "The main weaknesses on the review are outlined in the TBCT document to which you refer. For example, the review is contradictory, it fails to identify a problem that it purports to fix.

"It is very weak on financial presentation and analysis; it is unbalanced in its presentation of views from third parties; and most significantly, neither an impact assessment nor a risk assessment of any nature is included in its proposals.

"Our view is that the Latitude review is a poor piece of work. It should not form the basis of any important strategic decision."

The Latitude review was commissioned in March by Dublin City Council.

It concluded that the trust should be wound down within three years -- a move that would save the council €800,000 a year. According to the report, the trust had an income of €2.2m last year with the chief executive earning an annual salary in excess of €100,000.