Focus on securing TU HQ ‘undisputed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The focus on creating a ‘university of international standing’ in this region remains high on the agenda of Waterford TD and Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member David Cullinane (SF). Speaking to The Munster Express in the wake of the PAC’s examining a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the sale of Feed Henry, a spin out company of TSSG, to Red Hat for €63.5m, Deputy Cullinane said his eyes remained fixed on the establishment of a Technological University …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 31 January]

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UL president asked to write to Garda Commissioner over report findings

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has been formally asked to write to the Garda Commissioner to ask if the findings of a report that was highly critical of the university should be investigated for fraud. Last Thursday, Dr Des Fitzgerald, appeared before the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) over a number of long-running controversies related to the HR and finance departments at the university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 28 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 103 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Remuneration of certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): In this session we will examine the Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report No 103 on the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo. We have also requested an update on the implementation of Dr Thorn’s Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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UL students may have got wrong exam results, PAC hears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick (UL) has played down concerns that hundreds of students may have received incorrect exam results over a period of many years. The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday heard of serious concerns over the reliability of UL’s student records system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Dept of Education examining recoupment of money from institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Secretary General of the Department of Education has told the Public Accounts Committee that it is examining ways to recoup money from higher education institutions where breaches of governance have been identified. Seán Ó Foghlú was appearing before the committee following a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) published last November …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 January]

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University of Limerick president faces questions on accuracy of results at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, is expected to face questions from TDs this Thursday about concerns over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Alan English and Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Government to look at recouping from colleges for ‘governance breaches’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering recouping monies from institutes of higher education where governance breaches have been found, it has emerged. The Secretary General of the Department of Education Seán Ó Foghlú is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to discuss the remuneration of senior staff at the University of Limerick and the Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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No public funds for University of Limerick pension debacle

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taxpayers’ money will not pay for the more than €1 million that was added to the University of Limerick pensions bill referred to in last month’s Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG) report …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 14 December]

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UL pledges to pay executives’ €1.2m pensions from private funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has insisted taxpayers’ money will not be used to fund moving two executives from a subsidiary company to its own State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘misleading’ PAC over pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has been severely criticised by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over pension top-ups to former staff. The university was the subject of a damning report earlier this week by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) about top-up pension payments totalling €1.2 million to two senior staff, during the tenure of former President Don Barry who left his post in 2017 …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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University of Limerick failed to tell the truth about severance deals

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president, Dr Des Fitzgerald has acknowledged that there were ‘serious failures’ when the university ‘misrepresented’ information given to State bodies about severance packages given to two employees …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 28 November]

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University of Limerick added executives to pension scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two executives at a University of Limerick subsidiary company were added to the university’s State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1.2 million even though they were not university employees. The finding is contained in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General into the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff at UL and Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Concern over lack of oversight involving sale of spin-out company

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) retained less than €1 million from the €65 million sale of a spin-out company developed on its campus, according to a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). The report also raises concerns over the WIT’s governing body’s lack of oversight of the sale, including issues such as changes to the institute’s equity stake and conflicts of interest involving senior staff members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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WIT’s management of company sale criticised in report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State’s financial watchdog has criticised how Waterford Institute of Technology managed the development and subsequent sale of a campus company called FeedHenry Limited for €63.5m. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) said that due to the potential value of the technology …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 13 November]

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UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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Three Institute of Technologies facing financial black holes as it emerges they are millions in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three leading State-funded third level institutes of technology have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt – putting significant pressure on key front-line services …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Colleges’ sabbatical pay under Higher Education Authority spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A review of policies on pay and other benefits for third-level college staff is about to begin, almost a year after it was due to commence. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) review is to focus on examining policies in respect of pay, pensions, travel, and leave, and how those policies are applied …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 September]

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Absent NUI Galway employee paid €90k by college during leave

Posted in Legal issues on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A staff member at NUI Galway was paid more than €90,000 while absent on grounds that did not meet the university’s own rules around payments for sabbatical leave. The person was one of an unknown number with whom NUI Galway concluded employment-related settlements in the 2016-17 financial year. The university’s financial statements for the year to the end of last September said those settlements cost it €134,000, including severances …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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€4.5m UCC spend ‘non-compliant’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 16th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork paid nearly €4.5m to 39 suppliers for goods and services in one year without going through proper procurement, new accounts have revealed. More than €3.9m relating to 34 suppliers was declared by the university itself, according to its financial statements for the year up to September 30, 2016 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 16 March]

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