Ilex chief says “we were wrong” over spending

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The chief executive of Derry’s urban regeneration body, Ilex, says the body “got it wrong” and mistakes were made in how it spent public money.

Aideen McGinley was questioned by the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee after an Audfit Office report revealed the company spent more than £400,000 without proper government approval and that former CEO Bill Kirk received unauthorised bonus payments of almost £30,000.

“We got it wrong and we are going to put it right,” she told the committee.

She said mistakes had been made and lessons learned.

Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin claimed there had been a “blatant disregard” of spending rules.

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