Wednesday, 12 July 2017

CEO of Deaf Institute used funds for booze and dog racing.

St Joseph’s Residence for Deaf Boys in Cabra. Photograph:Cyril Byrne
Credit cards used by the former chief executive and former finance chief at a HSE-funded charity for deaf people were used to pay for a €155 bottle of whiskey, gift vouchers, trips to a greyhound stadium and vouchers for a Michelin-starred restaurant.

A former financial officer for the Catholic Institute for Deaf People was also paid more than €83,000 in untaxed bonus payments into an account he himself designated as his own “private pension account”.

The information is revealed in a HSE internal audit into the finances CIDP a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation providing enabling services to the deaf community. It provides HSE disability services at St Joseph’s Residence for Deaf Boys in Cabra, St Mary’s Residence for Deaf Girls in Cabra and St Joseph’s House for Adult Deaf and Deaf Blind People in Stillorgan.

The audit dated December 22nd, 2016 found there were also inadequate controls over credit cards and their use, that gifts were given to staff members, alcohol was purchased with meals and tips were paid.

There was also a “high level of dependency on consultants”, with over €400,000 paid out in 2015 alone.
The former head of finance received a total of €83,100, being €53,100 in additional salary and €30,000 in performance bonuses in relation to his role in the NDVSLC Ltd, the National Deaf Village Sports and Leisure Company Ltd.

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