Major cyber criminals target Trinity College and steal ‘substantial’ amount of money

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A criminal investigation has been launched after bank accounts belonging to the Trinity Foundation were targeted by cyber criminals. Trinity Foundation, the fundraising organisation of Trinity College Dublin, had a ‘substantial’ amount of money stolen from its accounts following a major computer-based scam …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 27 April]

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NUIG confirms ‘unusual’ payment of €175,000 to consultants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUIG President Dr James Browne has agreed it was ‘unusual’ that the School of Law paid €143,000 plus VAT for one consultancy firm for 22 months’ work. Dr Browne was responding to queries by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly at the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, in relation to monies paid for professional services from consultancy, Results Through People Limited …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 April]

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Builder of Berkeley balcony collapse complex has licence revoked

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“The US construction firm which built the apartments in Berkeley, California where five Irish students and an Irish American woman died after a balcony collapse in June 2015 has had its building licence revoked. The California State Contractors License Board on Friday reached a settlement with Segue Construction to remove its contactor licence …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Bullying, harassment, and cheats: FoI reveals college cases

Posted in Legal issues on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One student was expelled from Dundalk Institute of Technology due to alleged disorderly conduct and sexual harassment against a staff member. The college said there was ‘possible criminal proceedings pending’ in a separate case involving two staff members and the alleged misuse of email …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 18 April]

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PAC tell John Halligan to clarify criticism of group for examining WIT financial issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has told junior minister for skills John Halligan to clarify why he criticised the group for examining financial issues at Waterford IT, amid claims of an attempt to block any investigation that may damage his constituency …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Dublin Institute of Technology: Financial Statement 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are now back in public session. We will continue our discussion with Dublin Institute of Technology and the Grangegorman Development Agency. I apologise for the late start. An issue arose regarding the late submission of financial statements. This applied, to some extent, to the organisations before us …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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Waterford Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … We will begin with Waterford Institute of Technology’s 2013-14 financial statements. From Waterford Institute of Technology we are joined by Professor Willie Donnelly, President, Ms Elaine Sheridan, Vice President, Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President and Ms Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love and Mr Andrew Brownlee …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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National University of Ireland Galway: Financial Statement 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … In this session, we will deal with the financial statements of the National University of Ireland Galway. From there, we are joined by Dr James Browne, president, Mr Gearóid Ó Conluain, an runaí, Ms Mary Dooley, bursar, and Mr Keith Warnock, capital projects adviser. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr. Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love, Mr Damien Kilgannon and Ms Jennifer Gygax …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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University of Limerick service provider paid €209,000 settlement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A service provider to the University of Limerick received a settlement of €209,600 after a complaint of bullying was made against him by another staff member. UL president, professor Don Barry said that this case – which was disclosed in its recent set of consolidated financial accounts, for the year ending September 2015 – was ‘not next, nigh or near the finance division’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 April]

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External expert to audit WIT review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is to appoint an international expert to validate an internal review of processes within Waterford Institute of Technology, following a request by the president of the college. The request came on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday at which a number of concerns were raised about potential conflicts of interest around the development of a company that involved the current president of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, its intellectual property, and returns to the taxpayer when it was sold …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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WIT President says procedures were adhered to when it came to the sale of IT company FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Techonology has insisted that procedures surrounding conflicts of interest were adhered to when it came to the sale of the IT spin out company FeedHenry …” (more)

[WLR FM, 6 April]

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Legal action delays new Grangegorman campus until 2019

Posted in Legal issues on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Work on Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) new campus in Grangegorman has been delayed for two years. A legal challenge by an under-bidder for the €180m-€200m contract, to design and build its two main teaching blocks, means that the big launch won’t happen until September 2019 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 April]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the internal review at Waterford Institute of Technology, as mentioned by officials from his Department at the Committee of Public Accounts on 23 March 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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UCC satisfied it paid market value for council-owned building

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has said it is satisfied it paid market value when it bought a former bank from a local authority for €800,000 more than its purchase price two years earlier. The college acquired the old Cork Savings Bank at Lapps Quay from Cork City Council for €1.42m last year and has received planning permission for modifications that will see it used for executive training provided by the Cork University Business School …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 April]

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WIT to face PAC grilling

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology will face questions from politicians next week about the sale of spin off research companies based in the college. WIT is due to appear again before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[WLR FM, 30 March]

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Suspended UL employees raised concerns about expenses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two people who raised concerns about expenses claims at University of Limerick remain suspended on full pay, two years after making a complaint of bullying, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. Senior University of Limerick staff, including outgoing president Prof Don Barry and director of finance John Field, were questioned on the university’s financial accounts at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 March]

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UL makes sabbatical payment settlement of €186,000

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) made a €186,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners after the public spending watchdog raised an issue about how the college remunerated staff on sabbatical leave …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Ryan Nugent, Independent, 31 March]

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HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent over €75,000 so far probing how the University of Limerick handled whistleblowers’ claims about irregular expense claims and ensuing industrial relations problems. Two of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about claims have been suspended since early 2015, and the third is a former employee who left UL in 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Sale of ‘spinout’ company raises concerns over confict of interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been urged to investigate whether there are conflicts of interest among senior staff across third-level colleges who are shareholders in spinout companies. It follows concerns raised by Sinn Féin deputy David Cullinane at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday surrounding the sale of a company co-located at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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UCD Must Take Responsibility for Tackling Sexual Harassment on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The rise in the number of students reporting incidents of sexual assault and harassment to UCD campus services shows the the college can no longer shirk their responsibility to victims. It’s not disputed that any victim of a sexual assault or incidents of harassment should first contact the authorities such as the Gardaí, or the Rape Crisis Centre. But this does not absolve UCD of taking responsibility for tackling the issue in the college community …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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