€1,829 for Clarke’s 3 nights in Italian hotel

INDEPENDENT auditors Kealy Mehigan were commissioned by the Irish National Stud to examine 10 months of expenses bills incurred by its staff members.

The report, which was released under the Freedom of Information Act, showed the bulk of the costs related to work of former chief executive, John Clarke.

These included:

* €1,829 for Mr Clarke’s three-night stay at the five star Hotel Villa Aminta in Stresa, Italy; €160 in the bar, €328 on wine and €602 on meals.

* €1,404 on shrubs and trees for the patio at Mr Clarke’s company-provided home at Tully House on the grounds of the INS.

* €9,653 for three rooms at the five-star Pennyhill Park Hotel for Mr Clarke, director Pat O’Kelly and Ms Julie Lynch to attend the Royal Ascot racing festival in June.

* €2,433 in non-accommodation expenses associated with the same Ascot racing festival; €886.39 on drinks at the race track, €1,649 on chauffeur services and €182.54 on hotel tips.

* €944.54 for a picture bought at an auction in June 2008 which was given to a client.

* €5,002 on two business class tickets to Hong Kong.

* €1,616 for two rooms in the four-star Hotel Normandy for three nights during the Deauville Sales.

* €409 for meals at priority airline lounges.

* €450 dinner at the Guinea Pig in Dalkey with two developers who were interested in buying a stallion.

* €330 for two meals at Paul’s Riverside Rest in Kilcullen plus a bottle of champagne for a winner at another table.

During the same period the auditors examined the expenses for the INS’s Stallions nominations’ manager, Julie Lynch.

This included:

* €660 to replace television at Ms Lynch’s company provided house on the grounds of the stud, approved by Mr Clarke in October 2008.

*€2,631 to stay 10 nights at Bedford Lodge during the Tattersall sales.

* €590 to entertain clients at the USAC cafe bar during the February sales at Goff’s.

* €318.50 to entertain four French clients.

The rest of the staff claims:

* €14,236 for mileage costs for driving around the stud and to various other places by seven different staff members.

* €604 for flights to Abu Dhabi for a tourism promotion.

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