University of Limerick’s presidential home worth €1.5m remains vacant

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The costs of maintaining two presidential houses owned by the University of Limerick have exceeded €100,000, with one multi-million euro residence left vacant for nearly a decade. The university sparked controversy in 2010 when a second house costing €2.2m and funded by philanthropist Chuck Feeney of Atlantic Philanthropies was built for its president on campus – at a time when it was €3m in debt …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 3 August]

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€6.6bn later … Atlantic Philanthropies holds final Irish board meeting

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has praised Atlantic Philanthropies which is holding its last Irish board meeting after a 30-year grant allocation programme which saw it award amounts totalling €6.6 billion. Mr Varadkar praised the organisation for its contribution to peace in Northern Ireland, support for healthcare, equality, and third-level education, and its help in changing attitudes to the LGBT community …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 26 June]

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Building on the legacy of Chuck Feeney’s philanthropy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) writes its last cheque, it is timely to reflect on both the scale and impact of its work in Ireland. That scale has certainly been enormous, amounting to €1.2 billion between 1987 and 2014 …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 6 January]

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Atlantic Philanthropies’ grants to education and healthcare

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“By the end of 2016, Atlantic Philanthropies had donated more than €7.6 billion globally, including €1.5 billion in Ireland. Among the biggest recipients were University of Limerick (€170 million), Trinity College Dublin (€155 million), DCU (€122 million), UCC (€87 million), NUIG (€75 million) and UCD (€52 million) …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Atlantic Philanthropies give €138m grant to tackle dementia

Posted in Research on November 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Atlantic Philanthropies is to give €138 million – its largest grant to date – to Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco to help tackle the looming dementia epidemic. Almost 50,000 people are living with dementia in Ireland, a number which is projected to double every 20 years if there is no effective intervention …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Trinity in line for parting gift from Chuck Feeney

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish-American philanthropist Chuck Feeney is planning a major investment in Trinity College Dublin in one of a series of parting gifts before his charitable operations wind down, The Irish Times has learnt …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 September]

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What Chuck Feeney’s fistful of dollars did for education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“By 2016 philanthropist Chuck Feeney will have given €1.5 billion to education projects in Ireland. A weighty new photographic book illustrates his generosity here and abroad …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 September]

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‘Harry Potter’ creator’s charity to fund research at NUI Galway

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care of children. Lumos, named after Harry Potter’s light-giving spell, has commissioned the Unesco Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway to conduct research into understanding why 80% of children in orphanages have living parents, and how families can be reunited …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Secretive ex-billionaire Chuck Feeney gives the last of his fortune to educate Northern Irish children

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“As a businessman, Chuck Feeney was remorseless in his pursuit of profit, squirreling away his fortune in tax havens and always driving a hard bargain. Having achieved a cash pile of some £4bn, he has been no less assiduous in giving all of it away …” (more)

[Cahal Milmo, Independent, 17 September]

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Irish universities look to graduates for funds as Atlantic goes west

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“Last year University of Limerick expressed its gratitude to the billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney, who helped to build the campus, the sports arena, the library, student and staff accommodation, professorships, scholarships and research laboratories …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Building a centre of international research excellence

Posted in Research on October 21st, 2013 by steve

“… new initiative just announced by the University of Limerick (UL). The €52 million initiative, known as the Bernal Project, involves the largest ever philanthropic donation to any Irish university from Atlantic Philanthropies …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 October]

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UL hopes €52m project will see it rise up the ranks

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched a first-of-its-kind €52m science and engineering project at the University of Limerick which will create new R&D concepts for use in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 18 October]

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Student protests expected for Taoiseach’s UL visit

Posted in Life on October 16th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to be greeted by protests in Limerick this Thursday, when he arrives at the University of Limerick to announce details of a €52m project in science and engineering designed to stimulate the economy …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 16 October]

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Philanthropist Chuck Feeney ‘lost control’ of his own charity in dispute over spending

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2013 by steve

“Billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney lost control of the board of his own charitable foundation during a bitter dispute over how to spend his remaining funds, it has been revealed …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Is US-style philanthropy really the best option?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2013 by steve

“Last week the Government launched its campaign to encourage philanthropy. One Percent Difference seems to be a broad church, aimed at everything from the pennies of the poor to the fortunes of the elite …” (more)

[John McManus, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Who is Chuck Feeney?

Posted in Life on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“If you had been studying in the university library on an autumn day a couple of years ago, you might have encountered an elderly gentleman shuffling by, wearing an off-the-peg raincoat, a faded Hawaiian shirt and a cheap plastic watch, and carrying papers in a plastic bag …” (more)

[Megan Liddy, The Gown, 19 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast receives its largest ever philanthropic gift

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2012 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has been awarded a grant of £15 million by Atlantic Philanthropies. This is the largest gift the university has ever received. The grant will be used to help establish a ‘world-leading Centre for Experimental Medicine’ in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[UK Fundraising, 6 November]

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Chuck Feeney: The Billionaire Who Is Trying To Go Broke

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2012 by steve

“On a cool summer afternoon at Dublin’s Heuston Station, Chuck Feeney, 81, gingerly stepped off a train on his journey back from the University of Limerick, a 12,000-student college he willed into existence with his vision, his influence and nearly $170 million in grants …” (more)

[HT: Shane O’Mara]
[Steven Bertoni, Forbes, 19 September]

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Universities Jointly Honour ‘Chuck’ Feeney for his Philanthropic Activities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2012 by steve

“The nine universities in Ireland, North and South, have conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) on Charles F ‘Chuck’ Feeney, founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies …” (video)

[TCD, YouTube, 7 September]

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Chuck Feeney granted honorary degree

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2012 by steve

“Philanthropist Chuck Feeney has been granted an honorary degree by universities north and south. He was honoured for his contribution to Irish society …” (video)

[TV3 News at 5.30, 6 September]

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