Call for inquiry into ex-Údarás chief’s contract

THE Labour Party spokesman for the Gaeltacht Brian O’Shea has called for an inquiry into the granting of a lucrative consultancy contract to the former chief executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Ruán Ó Bric.

Documents released to television newsroom Nuacht have revealed that six months after his retirement, Mr Ó Bric was taken on as a consultant on a three -year contract with Acadamh na hOllscoilíochta Gaeilge, part of NUIG.

He will receive €185,000 in total and Údarás na Gaeltachta is paying 60% of his wages.

The job wasn’t advertised, nor was the appointment announced.

Údarás have not commented on why they are paying 60% of Mr O Bric’s wages and expenses, or whether it is engaged in similar deals with other people.

In a letter sent by the chief executive of Acadamh na hOllscoilíochta Gaeilge Peadar Mac an Iomaire to Údarás na Gaeltachta chief Pádraig Ó hAoláin on November 9, 2005, it was announced that Mr Ó Bric would be employed on a consultancy basis to try to get funding from other sources.

Mr Mac an Iomaire said that the university had looked far and wide within and without the university before filling the position.

A series of questions have been presented to Údarás which they say they will answer in due course.

The president of NUIG Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh has said he will issue a statement on the matter early next week.

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