Third Level Funding – Legal Services

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the checks and balances in place to ensure third level institutions are not using public funds to access legal services to defend themselves against persons who have no access to similar legal services thus placing them at a disadvantage to the publicly funded institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Higher Education Institutions – UCC Staff Grievances

Posted in Legal issues on November 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandKevin O’Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail): I thank the Acting Chairman. I also thank the Ceann Comhairle for affording me the opportunity to raise this matter. I further thank the Minister for Education and Skills for taking the time to be here. In light of the current situation, plenty of people want to meet him on Kildare Street …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 27 October]

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UCD Spending on Legal Disputes with Staff Increased by More than 300% Last Year

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

Ireland“UCD spent €236,859 on legal fees in cases and disputes they contested with their own members of staff last year. This figure represents a 300% increase in legal costs from the €77,176 spent in the previous 2013/14 academic year on cases involving university staff …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 October]

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Fear and loathing on campus: bullying at Irish universities

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

Ireland“Is bullying and harassment rife at Irish universities? These institutions are spending millions of euro on legal fees to deal with allegations by staff of bullying, harassment and discrimination, particularly on gender grounds …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Universities spend over €3m in staff cases

Posted in Legal issues on September 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities here spent more than €3.3 million on legal fees in cases involving staff over the last five years. The figures were released to Fine Gael TD Jim Daly after he put down a Dáil question on the issue …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Universities spend average of €2.7m a year on external legal fees

Posted in Legal issues on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Universities have spent an average of nearly €2.7m a year on external legal fees since 2006 with up to two thirds going towards resolving staff disputes. The highest spend on external legal fees was by University College Cork where almost €2.9m of the total €4.6m legal bill in the seven years to 2012 was allocated to human resources cases …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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Institutes of Technology Expenditure – DIT

Posted in Legal issues on April 18th, 2013 by steve

Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost to public funds of legal fees and consultancy fees and all other related costs in relation to injunctions, judicial reviews and legal actions involving senior management at the Dublin Institute of Technology in each year since 1 January 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 April]

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€5m legal costs for Irish universities since 2006

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges have spent more than €5m in legal fees since 2006, according to documents seen by the Sunday Tribune. The documents detail the amount that each of the country’s seven universities have paid – but the figures exclude settlement costs which are likely to be much higher. The worst offender on the list is University College Cork which has racked up a substantial €1.4m in legal costs. Coming in at a close second is Trinity College, Dublin, with €919,300 …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 26 July]


Minister announces details of 1,500 free college places for jobless workers

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

Ireland“Cork’s Minister for Education and Science has today announced details of 1,500 free part-time undergraduate college places for unemployed workers in September. The new places, which will be on undergraduate certificate and degree-level programmes, span the sciences, business, engineering and technology sectors. Announcing details of the places, Minister O’Keeffe said, ‘Thirteen institutes of technology, four universities and the National College of Ireland are part of this initiative specifically aimed at upskilling and reskilling workers for jobs in the sectors of the economy considered key to tackling the recession and driving economic growth …’” (more)

[, 26 July]