Mediation is extended again

Posted in Legal issues on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The adjournment of the High Court case has been extended for another two weeks to allow mediation between the four female lecturers and NUI Galway to continue. Neither Micheline nor the campaign are privy to the details of the negotiations but the longer the mediation continues the more hopeful we become …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 July]

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Man who rammed car through Trinity gates not guilty by reason of insanity

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

Ireland“A 69-year-old man accused of ramming his car through the front gates of Trinity College has been found not guilty of criminal damage and road traffic offences by reason of insanity …” (more)

[Jessica Magee and Liz Farsaci, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Man who drove into Trinity gates pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

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

Ireland“A 69-year-old man accused of ramming his car through the front gates of Trinity College has pleaded not guilty to criminal damage and road traffic offences by reason of insanity at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court …” (more)

[Jessica Magee, Irish Times, 5 July]

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Doctor refused access to case files by University of Limerick to inform inquiry

Posted in Legal issues on July 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A doctor who received a settlement of €209,600 after accusations of bullying at the University of Limerick has been refused access to files relating to his case by UL under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 July]

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Protected Disclosures

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

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his expectations and those of the HEA regarding board members and audit committees handling whistleblowers’ cases in institutes of technology and universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Former University of Limerick manager sues college for defamation

Posted in Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former senior manager with the University of Limerick has brought defamation proceedings against the college over the contents of e mails it provided to the Department of Education and the Auditor and Controller General concerning his severance payment …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Limerick Leader, 29 June]

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Dáil committee seeks clarity on CIT financial matters

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has been asked by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to clear up contradictions on a number of financial matters relating to expenses, fees to directors and private companies linked to the college …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 June]

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What you can do today to help the five female lecturers

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

Ireland“The only reason NUI Galway have extended mediation with four of the female lecturers for two weeks is our campaign. Management’s usual strategy is delay, delay and yet more delay …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 June]

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TUI drops action in row over election

Posted in Legal issues on June 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) lodged a High Court injunction against a former staff member who raised concerns about alleged voter interference in union elections. The Sunday Independent last week revealed how the teachers’ union was carrying out connected investigations into alleged election interference and claims of an internal data protection breach …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 25 June]

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RTÉ stands over university spending probe

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ is standing over an investigation on spending and governance at third-level colleges as it prepares responses to complaints from two universities. University College Cork and NUI Galway have submitted complaints over its May 25 RTÉ Investigates programme, Universities Unchallenged …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Mediation extended!

Posted in Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Examiner has reported that the mediation between the four female lecturers taking High Court cases and NUI Galway has been extended for another two weeks! It seems our previous post on Tuesday reporting how it had failed and detailing what we had heard about NUI Galway’s Machiavellian moves may have done some good! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 June]

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Cases of non-EEA students who wish to remain in Ireland to be heard

Posted in Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals by the Minister for Justice with significant implications for many non-European Economic Area people who stayed after coming to Ireland as students before 2011 and wish to continue living and working here. In a published determination, a three judge Supreme Court said it was ‘self-evident’ the issues raised are of general public importance …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 23 June]

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University president admits ‘best practice’ not used in €1m payout

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick (UL), Dr Des Fitzgerald, has apologised for ‘inaccurate’ information previously provided to politicians by a senior UL official. He yesterday gave full details of the total value of the payments made to two staff members between 2012 and 2015 at €1.15m. These included severance payments, pension lump sums and consultancy agreements, plus annual pensions of €58,000 and €54,600 a year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 June]

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UL president ‘will not hesitate’ on any breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) president Des Fitzgerald says he will not hesitate to take action if a number of ongoing probes uncover any breaches of conduct rules by staff or directors. After his appointment last month, Prof Fitzgerald sought the external inquiry to examine a range of issues as he wants to restore the university’s reputation …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 June]

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University of Limerick may have to repay €450k deal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) could be forced to repay part of the €450,000 paid in severance to two former managers who were rehired as consultants, TDs have been told. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) also heard about the concerns of the Department of Education and Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) Seamus McCarthy that UL may not have given them full details of the 2012 deals …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 June]

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University of Limerick President to engage with whistleblowers following review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick says he will deal ‘sympathetically’ with two whistleblowers who have been suspended for more than two years following the conclusion of an independent review into governance, HR and financial practices at the university …” (more, video)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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Universities accused of ‘misleading’ Dáil committee over financial affairs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University officials have been accused of misleading an Oireachtas committee over the way they run their financial affairs. Senior officials from colleges including University of Limerick, DIT and University College Cork appeared before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to answer allegations over unauthorised severance packages, conflicts of interest and poor corporate governance …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Severance payments to UL staff ‘unacceptably high’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has told an Oireachtas committee that severance payments given to staff were ‘unacceptably high’. Des Fitzgerald said that since his appointment he has called for an independent review of the university and that his concern is to protect the reputation of the institution …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 June]

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Legal actions over alleged gender discrimination at NUI Galway adjourned for mediation

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Legal actions by four female lecturers against National University of Ireland Galway alleging gender discrimination in a competition for promotion have been again adjourned while efforts continue to resolve the dispute through mediation. Claire Bruton BL, for the lecturers, told High Court Deputy Master Angela Denning today the mediation is ongoing and she was seeking a two-week adjournment of the cases by consent …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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PAC to resume hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 22 June 2017 when it meets with representatives from the University of Limerick, University College Cork, Dublin Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 June]

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