UL faces sanctions over €1.7m deals for former staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick faces possible sanctions for misleading the Department of Education and others over severance payments to former staff who were then rehired. A damning report showed two of the payments totalling around €650,000 were among eight severance or compromise deals totalling €1.7m …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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University of Limerick president acknowledges ‘seriousness’ of issues raised in report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president Professor Des Fitzgerald has acknowledged that the university ‘fell short’ in how ‘treated some of its people in the past’. The new president was responding to the publishing today of a report which saw its human resource (HR) practices strongly criticised …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 8 November]

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Minister Bruton and Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor note of the review into University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today noted the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the review of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 November]

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University of Limerick review sharply critical of HR practices

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Shortcomings in human resources and management practices at the University of Limerick are sharply criticised in a soon-to-be-published review into alleged misconduct at the institution, it is understood. The investigation was triggered after concerns were raised over the way the university handled a series of disciplinary proceedings against staff and severance packages as well as its use of confidentiality agreements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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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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