The Price of Trinity’s Flights is No Big Deal – But College’s Environmental Impact Is

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week the Irish Times reported that Trinity spent over €259,084 on flights in the last year. The publication framed the statistic in the context of Trinity’s call for further investment (after tumbling down the rankings), suggesting, perhaps, that the spending was unwarranted. Financially speaking, however, Trinity spending €259,084 on flights is not entirely scandalous …” (more)

[University Times, 23 September]

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UCDSU President Condemns ‘Outrageous’ UCD Air Travel Expenses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU), Joanna Siewierska, has hit out at her college’s ‘outrageous’ spending on air travel last year. In a letter published in the Irish Times today, Siewierska said that ‘it is disappointing to see the university spending outrageous figures to travel in luxury’, after yesterday’s report highlighted the nearly €1 million spent by UCD on business-class airfares for its staff last year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 September]

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Luxury flights and UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your news article on the amount publicly funded universities spent on business class flights over the last year was shocking (‘Publicly funded universities spent about €1.5 million on luxury flights’, News, September 16th). As Ireland’s global university, it is not a surprise that UCD staff travel regularly. However, these expenses should be kept to a minimum …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5m on luxury flights

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5 million last year flying academics around the world on luxury flights, newly-obtained figures show. The biggest spender was University College Dublin (UCD), which paid almost €1 million for business class and premium fares over a year, records released under Freedom of Information reveal …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 16 September]

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€397k spent by Waterford Institute of Technology did not follow guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology paid out almost €400,000 – more than a third of which went on travel – without going through proper procurement, new accounts show. In 2017, three areas of expenditure totalling €397,708 were identified by WIT that did not comply with public procurement guidelines, according to the institute’s most recently filed financial statement …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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Whistleblowers slam report on UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two whistleblowers have criticised an independent report commissioned by the Higher Education Authority into concerns they had raised about financial expenses and other HR issues at the University of Limerick. The two women said they were ‘absolutely stunned’ that the report by Richard Thorn, a former president of the Institute of Technology Sligo, contained no negative findings about how their cases were handled …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Provost Spent €18,000 on Travel in Eight Months

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast spent more than €18,000 on airline fares and accommodation abroad in just an eight-month period, The University Times has learned. The documents, received as part of a freedom of information request submitted by The University Times, show that Prendergast has spent €18,069 on travel and accommodation between March and October 2017 …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 March]

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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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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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University of Limerick inquiry raises wider questions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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University of Limerick faces inquiry into misconduct allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education is to launch an independent inquiry into a series of allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick (UL). The allegations broadly relate to the treatment of staff or former employees who raised concerns over irregular expenses claims and made complaints over bullying …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Minister due to meet University of Limerick whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A meeting with the Minister for Education has been scheduled for the coming weeks with three whistleblowers associated with the University of Limerick’s finance department, who staged a sit-in at the Department of Education in Dublin this week. An exact date has been scheduled with the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, which will possibly be brought forward if he is in Limerick before that date …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 January]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers stage sit-in at Department

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trio say they are are ‘not prepared to wait any longer’ for resolution. Three whistleblowers in the University of Limerick’s finance department are continuing their sit-in at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin this Monday afternoon …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 January]

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Department of Education occupied over UL claims ‘inaction’

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

Ireland“A group of protesters says it has occupied the Department of Education head office in Dublin to highlight ‘inaction’ regarding allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The five individuals, who include at least three people who worked in the college’s finance department, are seeking an independent investigation into concerns over irregular expenses claims and human resources issues …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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How University of Limerick expenses claims sparked row

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Controversy over the University of Limerick’s (UL) handling of misconduct allegations first surfaced when three people who had worked in the college’s finance department raised concerns over irregular expenses claims …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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UL rejects calls for independent inquiry into misconduct allegations

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has rejected calls by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to establish an independent inquiry into more than a dozen allegations of misconduct at the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Over €7,600 in Expenses Paid out to college President Deeks and University vice-presidents

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The total amount of expenses claimed by the college President Andrew Deeks, and his vice presidents over 2014 and 2015 totalled to €7,669. President Deeks himself claimed €1,012 in expenses for 2014, and €945 in 2015. The figures for the amount paid out to the top tier of the University management were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the College Tribune …” (more)

[College Tribune, 23 September]

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UL under pressure to investigate expense claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is facing pressure to launch an independent investigation into a series of allegations relating to financial irregularities and human resources practices. An independent review commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) confirmed earlier this year that some staff at UL had filed irregular expense claims, including mileage payments for trips between home and the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

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University of Limerick drops legal action over expenses claims

Posted in Legal issues on May 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to terminate legal proceedings for defamation against the Limerick Leader newspaper over a report claiming financial irregularities in the treatment of expenses claims.The newspaper reported last September that two employees at the university had been offered €60,000 severance packages in return for silence over expense claims …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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UL’s failure to reinstate two whistleblowers is ‘notorious’ says O’Dea

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One month after a report into allegations regarding financial practices at the University of Limerick was published, the failure to reinstate two suspended employees in light of the findings has been described as ‘notorious’ by Fianna Fail deputy Willie O’Dea …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 11 March]

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