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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Public Accounts Committee requests ‘full details’ on UL employees that raised concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s spending watchdog has called on the University of Limerick to clarify the current employment status of staff members who first raised concerns about financial practices at the University …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 23 November]

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University of Limerick students ‘undeterred’ in direct provision campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students are ‘undeterred’ from their campaign to end the university’s connection with a direct provision service provider after it distributed leaflets on campus defending its services …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 12 November]

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University of Limerick named Irish University of the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been named Irish University of the Year for 2019. The Sunday Times Good University Guide has ranked UL as the country’s best university for the second time in five years. Factors such as UL’s graduate employability and internship programme were highlighted by the judges, as well as the university’s new €31m Glucksman Library …” (more)

[Stephen McNeice, Newstalk, 2 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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UL has the highest proportion of women at senior levels

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has the highest proportion of women at senior levels of academia, new figures show. 31% of professors at UL are female, the highest percentage in the country and 10% than the average of 21% across the Irish University sector …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 12 August]

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University of Limerick HR director Tommy Foy steps down from post

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick’s human resources director Tommy Foy has left his post effective from this Friday, staff were were told this morning by Dr Des Fitzgerald, the UL president …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 6 July]

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University of Limerick’s long-running whistleblower dispute remains unresolved, despite reports

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick’s long-running dispute with two whistleblowers who were suspended from their jobs in the finance department three years ago this month remains unresolved – despite reports this week of a financial settlement being reached …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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University of Limerick president’s commitment to the city welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fail Cllr James Collins has welcomed a commitment from University of Limerick president Dr Desmond Fitzgerald that the college is still eyeing up the city. But he has urged action on the bus corridor between the campus in Castletroy, and has also raised the question over the future potential use of the Horizon Mall site at the Dublin Road …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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University of Limerick seeks to rebuild trust after controversies

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2018 by steve

“The walls of the University of Limerick (UL) president’s office are plastered with Post-It notes, maps, flow charts and lists of faculty members. Dr Des Fitzgerald has no shortage of plans for the university, but much of his time has been spent mired in a swamp of allegations over misspending and poor human resources practices …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 June]

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UL makes settlements of up to €150,000 with whistleblowers

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick (UL) has made financial settlements in the region of €150,000 with three key whistleblowers who highlighted a series of allegations over the misspending of taxpayers’ money. The move followed mediation talks and the publication of an independent report which vindicated some of their allegations regarding the university’s finance, human resources and governance policies …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 June]

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Parents swaying children with ‘outdated’ career-choice views

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Parents are too often influencing their children to choose careers and college courses based on outdated information about the world of work, a university president has warned. Dr Des Fitzgerald, president of University of Limerick, said the top graduate earnings and job prospects were in areas such as Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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University of Limerick to begin major review into management structures

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick is to begin a major review into management structures at the university, as recommended by a series of reports into controversies around finance, HR and governance which were first revealed by the Limerick Leader. The review of the university’s management structures, which will focus on HR policies and procedures, is to begin at the university next week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 11 May]

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University of Limerick president says not everyone will be ‘satisfied’ with mediation

Posted in Legal issues on May 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThe President of the University of Limerick has warned that he has done all he can do to address issues raised during ongoing mediation, ‘notwithstanding the fact that not everyone may be satisfied with the final outcome’. A mediation process, led by the former head of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey, is currently underway for ‘those who have grievances’ with the university, according to Dr Des Fitzgerald …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 4 May]

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UL President Sees Huge Potential In ‘New Town’ Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“The UL President has talked up the benefits to South-East Clare of a new town that is to be developed there. The ambitious plan, unveiled this week by Clare County Council, comes with the promise of 3,500 jobs and was unanimously supported by Councillors …” (more)

[Clare FM, 11 April]

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University of Limerick settles with whistleblower who raised first concerns

Posted in Legal issues on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has agreed a settlement with Leona O’Callaghan, a former member of its finance department who said her position became unsustainable after she questioned expenses claimed by senior UL staff, including the delivery of a fitted kitchen …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 6 April]

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Going green: University of Limerick plans ban on takeaway cups

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is taking steps to remove takeaway cups from its campus as part of a new environmentally friendly initiative. Each week, millions of takeaway cups are disposed of in landfill sites as most contain materials that are neither recyclable or compostable …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 25 February]

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UL president welcomes reforms but is ‘concerned’ about underfunding

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

Ireland“The President of UL has responded to a host of new reforms for third-level colleges announced earlier this week by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton. The promised changes include increased funding for Stem courses, financial penalties for misconduct and the delivery of more part-time, flexible and lifelong learning opportunities …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 21 January]

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