IFUT calls for abandonment of legal recourse policy by universities following progress of NUI Galway gender discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for all issues related to gender and age discrimination to be resolved by negotiation or through normal labour law procedures, not recourse to expensive legal cases. Welcoming developments in the case of four female lecturers in NUI Galway …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 July]

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NUI Galway refuses to divulge cost of settling gender-row cases

Posted in Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway (NUIG) has declined to comment on the amount public money involved in settling a high-profile gender discrimination row involving the university. It was confirmed on Wednesday that four female lecturers who argued they were discriminated against on gender grounds will be promoted by NUIG as part of a High Court settlement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 July]

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NUI Galway Settles High Court Gender Discrimination Cases

Posted in Legal issues on July 25th, 2018 by steve

“It’s over! We’ve won! NUI Galway has finally, after four long years, settled with the four female academics taking the High Court cases for gender discrimination in the promotion round of 2009. Today at the High Court the cases are to be withdrawn …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 July]

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Four female lecturers promoted after NUIG gender discrimination dispute

Posted in Legal issues on July 25th, 2018 by steve

“Four female lecturers who say they were discriminated against on gender grounds are set to be promoted as part of a settlement with NUI Galway (NUIG) which is understood to run to hundreds of thousands of euro. The lecturers, who initiated a High Court action against the university, had argued that they met the qualifications required for senior lectureship posts but were passed over in a promotion round in 2009 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 July]

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International students may face insurance hikes following High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on June 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Health Insurance Authority (HIA) are currently involved in a High Court case to determine the insurance requirements of international students. Study and Protect are opposing this case, alongside their underwriters Chubbs, as they insure the majority of international students in Irish universities. Should the HIA be successful, it will lead to increased financial pressures on international students …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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DCU student challenging exclusion for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ will cite ‘cultural differences’

Posted in Legal issues on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“A Dublin City University student has been given leave by the High Court to challenge a decision by college authorities to exclude him from his course over inappropriate behaviour, but what he says could be explained by ‘cultural differences’ …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 14 May]

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Doctor to take UL to High Court after mediation fails

Posted in Legal issues on April 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A dotor at the University of Limerick who claims he was effectively forced out of his post after 15 years has said he will file High Court defamation proceedings against UL later this month, after a mediation process ended in failure this week – ‘almost just after it began’ …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 15 April]

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Court lifts stay on NUI Galway investigation into bullying and harassment complaints

Posted in Legal issues on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An order staying an investigation into complaints of bullying and harassment made by a member of staff at NUI Galway against another staff member has been lifted by the Court of Appeal. In 2014, the complainant alleged bullying and harassment against nine members of NUIG staff …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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ESB liability for UCC campus flooding overturned by Court of Appeal

Posted in Legal issues on March 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Court of Appeal, in a significant judgment, has ruled the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is not liable for extensive flood damage to buildings on the campus of University College Cork (UCC) after floods affected large parts of Cork city in late 2009. The three judge court, in a lengthy judgment on Tuesday, overturned a High Court finding the ESB was 60% liable in respect of flooding and warnings …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 20 March]

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IFUT wins long-running Maynooth staff pension dispute

Posted in Legal issues on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A long running pension dispute involving three staff in Maynooth University pension scheme has been resolved following ongoing pressure by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). The rights of the staff to reimbursement for denial of pension rights, following their redeployment to Maynooth subsequent to closure of Carysfort College of Education in 1988, were accepted by the college, in advance of a High Court hearing on the matter …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 January]

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Northern Ireland student loses High Court battle over being denied funding for Dublin degree course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Northern Ireland student has lost a High Court battle over being denied funding for a degree course in Dublin. Aimee Liggett was seeking to challenge a Department for the Economy decision that law studies she wanted to undertake were not eligible for financial support …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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NUIG academic secures injunction halting investigation

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway has secured a High Court injunction halting what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to ‘sabotage’ a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 22 September]

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College settles gender case with female lecturer

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway has reached a settlement with one of five female academics who have been pursuing gender discrimination cases over a promotions process in 2009. The development comes as mediation failed to resolve the college’s long-running dispute with four other women whose cases have been going through the courts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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NUI Galway’s derisory offer revealed as they fail Athena SWAN application again

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the last meeting of the Governing Body, two weeks ago, to our great surprise NUI Galway revealed the details of their final offer made to the four women last month. These details were supposedly strictly secret, so we have never known what it was that the women turned down, but then NUI Galway circulated the offer to every member of the Governing Body! That means that over 40 people got to see it …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 September]

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NUIG academic’s court action over ‘sabotage’ claims

Posted in Legal issues on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway has brought a High Court challenge over what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to ‘sabotage’ a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 September]

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NUIG academic challenges ‘flawed’ inquiry on claims against him

Posted in Legal issues on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) has brought a High Court challenge over what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to sabotage a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Mediation is extended again

Posted in Legal issues on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The adjournment of the High Court case has been extended for another two weeks to allow mediation between the four female lecturers and NUI Galway to continue. Neither Micheline nor the campaign are privy to the details of the negotiations but the longer the mediation continues the more hopeful we become …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 July]

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What you can do today to help the five female lecturers

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The only reason NUI Galway have extended mediation with four of the female lecturers for two weeks is our campaign. Management’s usual strategy is delay, delay and yet more delay …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 June]

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TUI drops action in row over election

Posted in Legal issues on June 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) lodged a High Court injunction against a former staff member who raised concerns about alleged voter interference in union elections. The Sunday Independent last week revealed how the teachers’ union was carrying out connected investigations into alleged election interference and claims of an internal data protection breach …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 25 June]

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Mediation extended!

Posted in Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Examiner has reported that the mediation between the four female lecturers taking High Court cases and NUI Galway has been extended for another two weeks! It seems our previous post on Tuesday reporting how it had failed and detailing what we had heard about NUI Galway’s Machiavellian moves may have done some good! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 June]

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