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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Founding UL president is ‘concerned’ by Mazars report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Founding president of the University of Limerick has said he is ‘concerned’ and ‘particularly sad’ by the findings in a recent review, commissioned by the Higher Education Authority, into a number of allegations at the university. Speaking to the Limerick Leader this week …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 18 February]

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Minister for Finance cast doubts on validity of UL’s legal action

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he cannot see how the University of Limerick can proceed with its High Court action against the Limerick Leader and its editor, following the publication of a review into matters at UL …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 15 February]

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UL whistleblowers: ‘I think we are owed an apology’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The three whistleblowers who assisted the review into financial and HR matters at UL describe their feelings after a very stressful experience …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 13 February]

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Willie O’Dea ‘100% certain’ UL case will go to PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Having read the HEA’s reaction, serious charges have been made against the University of Limerick, which is very concerning, as public money is involved. There is a fear, as I understand it, that this practice had been pretty widespread, and a lot of that public money will never be recovered, and that’s very serious indeed …” (more)

[Willie O’Dea, Limerick Leader, 12 February]

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‘Vindicated’ staff await UL’s decision on their jobs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The solicitor representing two whistleblowers who remain suspended from by the University of Limerick, has said that while his clients have been ‘vindicated’, it is their belief that the review into their allegations regarding financial practices and their treatment by the university ‘does not go far enough’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 12 February]

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‘UL attempt to crush the Limerick Leader has backfired’: Niall Collins

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fail deputy Niall Collins, who raised the issues of the three whistleblowers in the Dail last year, responds to the Mazars’ review on allegations regarding UL and its implications, in a statement to the Limerick Leader …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 11 February]

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University of Limerick rejects ‘offensive’ claims made by HEA

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has rejected claims by the Higher Education Authority that there may be a ‘culture’ of inappropriate expense claims among its staff, describing the allegation as ‘offensive’. The HEA made the claim following the publication of an independent report into allegations made by three of UL’s staff members …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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