Byne v Waterford IT [2019] IEHC 17 (22 January 2019)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJUDGMENT of Mr Justice Allen delivered on the 22nd day of January, 2019. On 14th May, 2001 the plaintiff was appointed as the chief officer of Waterford Institute of Technology for a term of ten years. The plaintiff’s title on his appointment was Director but following the coming into force of the Institutes of Technology Act, 2006 the plaintiff’s title was changed to President …” (more)

[Courts Service, 29 January]

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Former Waterford IT president loses case over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A former president of Waterford Institute of Technology, Prof Kieran Byrne, has lost his High Court action over the college’s governing body’s decision not to reappoint him to the post. In his judgment on Tuesday, Mr Justice Senan Allen rejected Prof Byrne’s claim he was entitled to be reappointed as WIT president in 2011 …” (more)

[Aodhan O Faolain, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Former WIT president loses High Court action over college’s decision not to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology Professor Kieran Byrne has lost his High Court action over a decision by the college governing body not to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 22 January]

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Former president of Waterford IT claiming damages over failure to reappoint him

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

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college’s governing body declined to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Former president of Waterford Institute of Technology sues over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology, Professor Kieran Byrne, has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college governing body declined to reappoint him to the post. The decision not to reappoint Prof Byrne as president was taken after a newspaper published an article concerning the level of expenditure of the president’s office during his tenure …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 13 November]

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HEA boss denies ‘looking for head’ of ex-Waterford Institute of Technology president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly rejected suggestions that he ‘went looking for the head’ of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 11 December]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Councillor on WIT body defends €57k expenses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 3rd, 2014 by steve

“A Fine Gael councillor from Co Kilkenny has defended the fact that she received fees and expenses totalling almost €57,000 since Apr 2010 in her role as a member of the governing body of Waterford Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 3 January]

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WIT takes action to recover €110,000 from former president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2013 by steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology has launched High Court action against its former president Prof Kieran Byrne to recover more than €110,000 spent on a range of flights, hospitality, books and subsistence, the Public Accounts Committee heard today …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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College takes High Court action against former boss over expenses and ‘chick lit’ novels

Posted in Legal issues on October 10th, 2013 by steve

“A third level college is taking a High Court action against its former president seeking the repayment of up to €120,000 in expenses allegedly used for his personal benefit …” (more)

[Independent, 10 October]

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College asks its ex-president to repay expenses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2013 by steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology has asked its former president Kieran Byrne to repay some expenses incurred during his time in office that it claims were of personal benefit to him …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 July]

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College president ‘failed to comply’ with rules when he spent €50,000 on hospitality

Posted in Legal issues on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“The office of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology Professor Kieran Byrne ‘failed to comply’ with college rules when it spent €50,009 on 228 lunches and other hospitality events …” (more)

[Independent, 28 February]

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Probe focuses on firms linked to institute’s ex-boss

Posted in Legal issues on February 3rd, 2013 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s statutory inspection of the embattled Waterford Institute of Technology is centring on companies linked to its former president, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 3 February]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Legal issues on November 13th, 2012 by steve

“… The controversy over the decision by Waterford Institute of Technology to charter a plane for a special visitor continues to rumble. Correspondence lodged after a recent meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) shows €4,200 was approved in 2007 by former WIT president Dr Kieran Byrne and former governing authority chair Redmond O’Donoghue …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 November]

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Further overspending by former WIT president revealed

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2012 by steve

“Revelations of further overspending by the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology and a ‘mix-up’ of receipts for the hire of private jets by him were made at the Oireachtas Committee of Public Accounts yesterday …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Former WIT chair says he organised €4,200 flight

Posted in Legal issues on October 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The former chairman of the Waterford Institute of Technology governing body said he organised and sanctioned a controversial €4,200 flight to Dublin for a visiting academic …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Committee told WIT president increased spending 20-fold in eight years

Posted in Legal issues on September 28th, 2012 by steve

“The former President of Waterford Institute of Technology oversaw a major surge in non-pay expenditure in his office – with spending increasing twenty-fold in just eight years, TDs have been told …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 September]

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Staff silence on ex-WIT chief’s spending

Posted in Legal issues on September 28th, 2012 by steve

“The financial controller at Waterford Institute of Technology did not publicly raise concerns about excessive spending by the former college president for fear it would seem like ‘sour grapes’ …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Concerns raised ‘confidentially’ over lavish spending at college

Posted in Legal issues on September 28th, 2012 by steve

“No one shouted ‘stop’ at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in the years of lavish spending overseen by the office of the former president Dr Kieran Byrne, the Dail Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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Office of former WIT president chartered flight for €4,200

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 30th, 2012 by steve

“The office of the former president at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) chartered an aircraft to transport a visitor from Waterford to Dublin at a cost of €4,200, according to a report on spending at the college between 2004 and 2011 …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 30 August]

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