UL boss convenes meeting over €2m payouts

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

Ireland“An audit of nearly €2m worth of severance payments has led the University of Limerick’s new president to call for an extraordinary meeting of its highest decision-making body. UL paid out a total of €1,903,833 in settlements to 57 former employees within the past decade. All universities are obliged to notify the Department of Education and Skills before any severance terms are approved …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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University of Limerick students fuming over smoke ban

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

Ireland“The students’ union at the University of Limerick has said that the move to become a smoke-free campus was by the president’s office and that it has had ‘little control over the rollout of the initiative’. The announcement by UL president Dr Desmond Fitzgerald has provoked anger in some quarters that it plans to implement smoke-free and vape-free zones …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 4 September]

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University of Limerick president to introduce ‘no smoking zones’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is moving towards having a ‘No-Smoking’ campus, its president Dr Des Fitzgerald has announced. Dr Fitzgerald said there will be designated smoke-free areas all around the campus in the coming months, with some being introduced next month …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 28 August]

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Nothing to show ‘anything illegal’ at UL

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has said there is ‘no evidence of anything illegal’ in any of the allegations against the university. The allegations are being examined by a State-appointed reviewer Dr Richard Thorn. The former president of Sligo Institute of Technology is probing up to two dozen complaints made against UL by current and former staff, in areas of finance, human resources, and governance …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 24 August]

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University of Limerick president fears for ‘erosion of autonomy’ after controversies

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

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has expressed fears that the autonomy of universities will be ‘eroded’ if greater powers are granted to the Higher Education Authority. As a result of the UL controversy and high levels of spending in other third-level institutions, the Minister of Education and Skills is finalising provisions to grant more authority to the HEA …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 August]

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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 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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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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University of Limerick whistleblowers reach two years under suspension

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

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has said he is ‘sympathetic’ to two whistleblowers at UL who remain suspended with pay after two years, at a cost of €120,000 to the State. However, Dr Desmond Fitzgerald said that he does not plan to lift the suspension of the two women – suspended two years ago this Monday – in the finance department until the findings of a new review into a series of allegations of misconduct at UL are published …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 12 June]

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UL’s new broom planning to sweep clean

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

Ireland“The day before Dr Des Fitzgerald took his seat in the University of Limerick’s Plassey House he rang Mr Justice John Murray, the former Supreme Court judge who is chancellor of UL’s Governing Authority. Mr Murray had been resistant to year-long calls by the Higher Education Authority for a new review into a series of allegations dogging UL since September 2015 …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 5 June]

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University of Limerick criticised for its failures in policy, attitude and honesty

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The two employees in the University of Limerick’s finance department who remain suspended from their roles for two years with pay should be reinstated ‘as soon as possible’, Fianna Fail deputy Willie O’Dea has urged. Deputy O’Dea said that the women were ‘treated terribly by certain elements of the university’s senior management’ and stressed that the way whistleblowers are dealt with and treated needs to change …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 4 June]

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New University of Limerick president discusses ‘shocking revelations’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick has said that he would not have sanctioned the payment of nearly $100,000 for the online doctorates of two staff members in Florida – approved by its former president – given the university’s world ranking … ” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 June]

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€2m bill for investigating UL claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Costs to the State after investigations into a series of allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick and the payment of confidential severance packages to former staff now amount to nearly €2m. The new president of UL, Dr Desmond Fitzgerald, has said that an apology from the institution to some former staff may be warranted pending a new review into the allegations …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Independent, 2 June]

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UL President gravely concerned by RTÉ’s findings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has said that RTÉ Investigates programme on governance at Irish universities raises issues ‘of grave concern’ …” (more)

[Simon Bourke, Limerick Post, 26 May]

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New University of Limerick president ‘genuinely disturbed’ by RTÉ revelations

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of University of Limerick has said the revelations under the RTÉ Investigates programme this Thursday night on governance and spending issues in UL and other third-level institutions are of ‘grave concern’ and are ‘genuinely disturbing’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 26 May]

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University of Limerick doctor got €209,600 settlement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A doctor at University of Limerick (UL) received a €209,600 confidential settlement agreement to leave his post after 15 years, following allegations that he bullied another employee, which he rejects …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 May]

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University of Limerick under spotlight of Prime Time investigation

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

Ireland“Financial affairs at the University of Limerick – which are subject to a new independent review – will feature prominently in a major RTE investigation this Tuesday night. RTE’s investigations unit has been working for several months on uncovering how taxpayers’ money is spent in a number of third level institutions …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 May]

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‘UL can help boost growth’ in region

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) needs to improve its world ranking if it the region is to realise its potential economically, its incoming president has said. In his first address as president-elect of UL, Desmond Fitzgerald told the May business lunch of Limerick Civic Trust a key objective of the university was attracting international students because investment in the region would follow, adding that it had to also think of itself as a national, rather than a regional, university …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 23 May]

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New University of Limerick chief to deal with damaging allegations

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

Ireland“On his first day as the new president of University of Limerick earlier this month, Dr Des Fitzgerald sat down to to write a short email. Until then, the college had firmly rejected calls for an independent inquiry into a series of damaging allegations relating to financial irregularities and human resources practices …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 May]

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