TCD under investigation due to unauthorised payments

“High-ranking administrative and academic staff from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are under investigation by an emergency Oireachtas committee over an unauthorised payment of bonuses and allowances. Approximately fourteen staff members’ pay packages, including that of Trinity Provost, John Hegarty, could be subject to the investigation. Of the staff members currently under investigation, eight are professors at the university. Professor John Boland from the Chemistry Department is alleged to have received additional allowances of €123,008 in 2007 on top of his annual salary of €143,394. The bonus payments represent 85 per cent of his salary level and brought his total pay package over the recommended level for university academics. The other professors receiving pay deals above the review body’s recommended level are Professor Igor Shvets, Professor John Coey and Professor John Bethica of the Department of Physics, Professor Kenneth Wolfe and Professor Seamus Martin of the Department of Genetics and Professor Kinston Mills of the Department of Chemistry. Furthermore, former College Treasurer, Grace Dempsey, former College Secretary, Michael Gleeson and former College Senior Lecturer, Colm Kearney are also part of the investigation …” (more)

[Matthew Gregg, University Observer, 3 February]

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