Third Level Staff Data

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the academic and non-academic staff employed in all universities, higher education authority designated colleges and the institutes of technology during the periods December 2014, December 2015 and December 2016 respectively in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the latest findings by the EU’s research and innovation observatory (details supplied) which indicates that research and development funding here is largely focused on multinationals rather than SMEs and that research and development here is below that of average spends by firms in other EU nations; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 May]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the level of funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis in 2017; and the amount of funding that has been ring-fenced for research and frontier research in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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Higher Education Authority – UL Staff

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on his meeting with the University of Limerick whistleblowers; the feedback provided to them; the course of action he now plans to follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Slashing of 3rd Level research funding risking Ireland’s future economic prosperity

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Niall Collins has said that the future health of the Irish economy is being put at risk by the failure of Minister Mitchell O’Connor to adequately fund 3rd level research …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 February]

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Third Level Funding – PRTLI

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis from 2010 to 2016 in tabular form; the total amount subsequently expended in each year; the amount of funding that has been allocated in 2017; the amount of funding that has been ring-fenced for research and frontier research in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 February]

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Protest at Dail Eireann over UL whistleblowers case

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Former staff of the University of Limerick attended a protest outside the Dail this Wednesday to highlight the case of two women, suspended with pay, from the finance department for over 17 months. They were supported outside the Dail by deputies Willie O’Dea and Niall Collins, who previously raised their case in the Dail …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 November]

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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 whistleblowers ‘totally vindicated’ by HEA report

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

Ireland“The three whistleblowers who spoke out regarding irregular financial practices at the University of Limerick – as first revealed by the Limerick Leader last September – have been ‘totally vindicated’ by the findings of a report commissioned by the Higher Education Authority, according to two local TDs …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 9 February]

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University Governance: University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2015 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail): It is regrettable that the Minister of State’s senior colleague is not present, given her proximity to the University of Limerick as a representative for the Limerick region. In any event, the Minister of State will be aware that allegations were brought to my attention in 2012 pertaining to alleged improper payments at the University of Limerick. At the time, I brought that matter to the Committee of Public Accounts and …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 7 October]

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Third Level Institutions: Misappropriation of Funds

Posted in Legal issues on October 9th, 2015 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the authority or legislation under which she or her Department can establish or order an investigation into the activities of universities, including the misappropriation of funds; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 October]

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Independent review of UL allegations to take place

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Deputies Niall Collins and Willie O’Dea have welcomed confirmation in the Dail that an independent review of allegations surrounding financial practices in the University of Limerick, and the treatment of the employees who have made those claims, will soon go ahead …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 October]

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HEA chief to meet University of Limerick ‘whistleblower’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Tom Boland is to travel to Limerick on Tuesday to meet a ‘whistleblower’ who has made allegations of financial mismanagement at University of Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Collins calls for an inquiry into UL allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Renewed calls have been made for an external examination of the University of Limerick’s expenses policy after more allegations came to light. Fianna Fail Justice spokesman Niall Collins wants an external examination to include the gardai and Revenue Commissioners as well as the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 28 September]

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Haddington Road Agreement Issues – Non-membership of Trade Union

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the method by which a public servant who is not a member of a Trade Union can cast a ballot on the Haddington Road Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Collins moves to reassure students on late grant payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 2nd, 2009 by steve

“Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has moved to reassure students awaiting either a decision on their grant applications or payment of their grant. Deputy Collins said he has raised the grants-processing delay with the Minster for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD …” (more)

[Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil Blog, 2 December]

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