A Donegal school principal who escaped a custodial sentence after stealing more than €200,000 from his school has been put behind bars.

Finbarr Boyle, with an address in Ballybofey, had pleaded guilty to five counts of theft and two counts of forgery while he was principal at Kilnaleck National School in Co Cavan between 2007 and 2012.

However, he escaped going to prison after his sentence was fully suspended on condition he repay €25,000 by Judge John Aylmer at Cavan Circuit Criminal Court on March 15, 2018.

But the Court of Appeal today found that Boyle’s sentence to be “unduly lenient” today.

He was jailed for 15 months today and taken into custody immediately.

See background story https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/05/13/donegal-school-principal-who-swindled-e200k-to-have-appeal-heard-today/


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