Former CIT president signed off on his own retirement function

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is being asked for a full explanation of how its ex-president Brendan Murphy personally signed off on more than half the €13,000 costs of two functions to mark his own retirement. The ability of any college to do so was sharply criticised at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

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‘Dolphin ice sculpture’ part of €13,000 spend on Cork IT chief’s departure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education was not aware that €13,000 of public money was spent on classical musicians, drapes and an ice sculpture of a dolphin to mark the retirement of the ex-president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Cork Institute of Technology asked to explain €13k banquet

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

Ireland“The Dáil public accounts committee has demanded that Cork Institute of Technology explain why it spent €13,000 on a ‘banquet’ for its retiring president which involved a ‘red carpet, marquee, and ice-sculpture of a dolphin’ as students are struggling for help …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 6 October]

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CIT president already being paid €78k annual pension

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has been paid €227,956 in a pension lump sum and an annual pension of €78,315 from the college despite still occupying the post, the Public Accounts Committee has been told. The college has also revealed it was involved in 20 legal cases in ‘matters related to staff issues’ despite previously telling the Irish Examiner it was not involved in any cases …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 19 July]

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Cork Institute of Technology spent €20,000 on two portraits

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has pledged to review the way it purchases art following criticism that it spent €20,000 on portraits of its president and the then chair of its governing body. CIT president Dr Brendan Murphy has confirmed that two portraits were commissioned from artist Mick O’Dea, a member of Aosdána, in 2007 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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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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Cork Institute of Technology announces new interim president

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is to appoint its registrar, Dr Barry O’Connor, as its interim president. He will succeed Dr Brendan Murphy, who is due to retire at the end of August having served as president since 2004 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 June]

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CIT university status call

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at CIT are being disadvantaged by not having university status attached to their degrees, the outgoing President of the Institute has warned. Dr Brendan Murphy is set to retire in August after 13 years at the helm of CIT and said his graduates would continued to be disadvantaged unless a controversial merger with Tralee IT goes ahead to create a Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, Evening Echo, 1 May]

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CIT begins search for new president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology has begun the process of replacing its president, Dr Brendan Murphy, who will retire next year. The Institute has advertised for applicants for the position of President, the top role in a college that has 15,000 students and 1,400 staff. It has four campuses …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 17 December]

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CIT staff seek to step up industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology lecturers are seeking to be allowed step up industrial action as management plans to merge with another college despite no legal requirement to do so …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 October]

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Fianna Fáil think-in hears education investment must be prioritised

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork is in danger of falling behind unless significant investment is made in restoring funding to University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and other third level institutions …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 September]

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Cork Institute of Technology – Dr Brendan Murphy – to retire

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) will begin the process of searching for a new President.The news comes just weeks after nearby University College Cork (UCC) confirmed the name of their new president …” (more)

[Tom O’Sullivan, TheCork.ie, 30 July]

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Cork Institute of Technology president likely to step down early

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has signalled he will step down from his position two years earlier than planned following concerns he was due to work well beyond the normal retirement age. The statutory retirement age for members of the public service is generally 65 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 July]

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CIT wants its president to be allowed to work beyond retirement age

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is seeking permission from the Department of Education to allow its president to serve beyond the normal retirement age. The statutory retirement age for members of the public service is generally 65 years of age …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 June]

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WIT and CIT: Financial Statements 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMr Seán Ó Foghlú (Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills) called and examined; Mr Tom Boland (Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Authority) called and examined; Professor Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology) called and examined; …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 10 December]

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Cork Institute of Technology spent €65,000 to refute ‘defamatory’ claims

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) spent more than €65,000 to investigate 196 allegations made by an anonymous whistleblower which it has described as ‘grossly defamatory’. Earlier this year, staff at the college flouted college policies on expenses, a probe into the allegations found …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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CIT’s €22k portraits of president and chairman ‘done in Ireland’ not Italy

Posted in Legal issues on November 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The artist who painted portraits of the president of Cork Institute of Technology and chair of its governing board has contradicted a whistleblower’s claims that the two men had travelled abroad to sit for the paintings at the college’s expense …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 12 November]

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CIT president hits out at whistleblower ‘falsehoods’

Posted in Legal issues on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has claimed that allegations made against the college by an anonymous whistle-blower were ‘almost entirely malicious falsehoods’ that were ‘intended to damage the good name of CIT, its governors, and staff’ …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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Cork IT says ‘no basis for concern’ over allegations of misspending

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology has strongly rejected allegations of financial irregularities and misspending made by an anonymous whistleblower. The institution has been under scrutiny since last March …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Plans for university are facing ‘significant challenges’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a technological university (TU) in Munster face ‘a very significant challenge’, higher education chiefs have warned. Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) are working towards a merger, with a view to becoming one of the new-style technological universities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 January]

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