Deputy O’Brien welcomes probe into excessive expenses at institutes of technology
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has welcomed an investigation into expense claims at institutes of technology.
Deputy O’Brien was responding to the news this week that education minister, Ruairí Quinn will scrutinise possible abuses of the system at some institutes in the wake of a number of controversies in recent years.
He continued: “At a time when the education sector is struggling to function in the face of millions being cut from the budget, it is incumbent on the minister to ensure excessive expense claims are thoroughly investigated.
“In recent years it has been revealed that ITs such as Waterford spent hundreds of thousands of Euros on works of art and taxis fares as well as €18,400 on flowers and €4,200 on a charter flight for one person to travel from Waterford to Dublin.
“This is simply unacceptable, particularly at a time when increases are being made to the pupil teacher ratio across the further education sector and third level contribution fees are rising on an annual basis.
“I hope the probe into excessive claims leads to meaningful reform of the system and that those who abuse the system are brought to account for their actions.”