Holylands: Belfast student area’s rowdiest streets revealed

Posted in Legal issues on March 16th, 2017 by steve

“More than 30,000 alcohol units have been confiscated in south Belfast’s Holylands by council officials over the past three years. And complaints of anti-social behaviour in the mainly student area topped 1,800 over the same period …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 15 March]

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UL receives ‘no complaints’ over College Court house party

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed that it has not received any complaints in relation to a house party in neighbouring College Court that was reportedly attended by upwards of 400 people and spiralled ‘out of control’. However, Gardaí at Henry Street have confirmed that they are investigating the incident, video footage of which is circulating online …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 30 January]

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Civil servants ‘could be fired’ under new accountability plan

Posted in Legal issues on January 9th, 2014 by steve

“Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin says disciplinary procedures, including being fired, will be used to a greater extent in a new plan for accountability in the public sector …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 9 January]

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Court halts disciplining of academic

Posted in Legal issues on September 12th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Dun Loaghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology has been temporarily restrained from taking any disciplinary step against the head of its School of Business and Humanities, Dr Josephine Browne. The High Court heard yesterday that Dr Browne faced disciplinary proceedings for allegedly having failed to respond to inquiries by institute president Jim Devine into a reference she had made about a bullying culture at the institute …” (more)

[Ray Managh, Herald, 12 September]

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Mooted change to discipline rules stirs Cambridge debate

Posted in Legal issues on February 26th, 2009 by steve

“Anachronistic or a vital shield from the evils of modern management, the University of Cambridge’s archaic disciplinary procedures are splitting opinion at the 800-year-old institution. The debate is being fuelled by plans to replace the procedures with a more contemporary system that would see academic and non-academic staff treated equally. The procedures, which also cover grievances and dismissals, are enshrined in Cambridge’s statutes. They can be changed only by the governing body of dons, known as the Regent House, and the Privy Council. Now, a White Paper from the university council and general board suggests replacing them with a shorter statute and a new code of practice and regulations. These would be placed in the university ordinances, which can be changed without Privy Council approval, and supplemented by codes of practice from the council …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 26 February]

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Power to the workers at DCU!

Posted in Legal issues on January 28th, 2009 by steve

“As the debate about a revised disciplinary statute ends, of one thing we can be sure; the first attempt to use it on a staff member will result in a High court injunction, followed by a full hearing. The genie is out of the bottle; disciplinary procedures at UCC, DCU, and TCD have been found illegal in relevant state fora, and the idiots who drafted the 1997 act are going unpunished. Just whose lunatic and infantile idea was it to impose new disciplinary procedures on adults in any case? In the meantime, we staff can achieve some kind of equalisation of powers by insisting on our right to dismiss senior management and veto whatever incompetents the Irish state decide to foist on us …” (more)

[Seán O Nualláin, University Blog on
Academic Tenure in Ireland
, 27 January]

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