Minister investigates bonuses to top lecturers

“The awarding of ‘unauthorised’ lavish bonuses and allowances by University College, Dublin, and Trinity College, Dublin, to top staff is under investigation by education minister Batt O’Keeffe and the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Last week, this paper revealed that top staff in both universities currently share a pot of over €6m a year in salaries, bonuses and expenses, but it has emerged that many of those bonuses were awarded without approval from the department or the HEA. While the college’s have claimed all the bonuses were awarded within existing guidelines, Mr O’Keeffe and the HEA claim that a number of anomalies persist and that the matter is under investigation …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 14 December]

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