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President of Waterford IT must be suspended without prejudice pending investigation of expenses claims – Cullinane

12 May, 2011

Commenting on reports of exorbitant expenses claimed by the President of Waterford Institute of Technology Professor Kieran Byrne, Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has called on Mr. Bryne to be suspended without prejudice pending a full investigation of the claims.

Speaking from Waterford Senator Cullinane said:

“With the spectre of a return to tuition fees and/or a graduate tax still on the table and with the student registration fee having been increased year on year since its inception, going to college is fast becoming a preserve of the wealthy with many working class families being unable to pay to put their children through college.

“Today’s revelation will come as a smack in the face to students and their families who have had to deal with the rising costs of going to college.

“I believe that Mr. Byrne should be immediately suspended, without prejudice pending a full investigation of the expenses claims.”

“Such an investigation should be independent, thorough and time-framed.

“We in Sinn Féin want to see a total overhaul in the public sector and an end to wasteful spending and exorbitant salaries and expenses.

“We would cap the maximum salary available to public sector workers at €100,000 and tackle expenses corruption by ending the payment of unvouched expenses for public servants.”

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