RTÉ stands over university spending probe

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ is standing over an investigation on spending and governance at third-level colleges as it prepares responses to complaints from two universities. University College Cork and NUI Galway have submitted complaints over its May 25 RTÉ Investigates programme, Universities Unchallenged …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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University president admits ‘best practice’ not used in €1m payout

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

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick (UL), Dr Des Fitzgerald, has apologised for ‘inaccurate’ information previously provided to politicians by a senior UL official. He yesterday gave full details of the total value of the payments made to two staff members between 2012 and 2015 at €1.15m. These included severance payments, pension lump sums and consultancy agreements, plus annual pensions of €58,000 and €54,600 a year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 June]

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UL president ‘will not hesitate’ on any breach

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

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) president Des Fitzgerald says he will not hesitate to take action if a number of ongoing probes uncover any breaches of conduct rules by staff or directors. After his appointment last month, Prof Fitzgerald sought the external inquiry to examine a range of issues as he wants to restore the university’s reputation …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 June]

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University of Limerick may have to repay €450k deal

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) could be forced to repay part of the €450,000 paid in severance to two former managers who were rehired as consultants, TDs have been told. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) also heard about the concerns of the Department of Education and Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) Seamus McCarthy that UL may not have given them full details of the 2012 deals …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 June]

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University of Limerick President to engage with whistleblowers following review

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

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick says he will deal ‘sympathetically’ with two whistleblowers who have been suspended for more than two years following the conclusion of an independent review into governance, HR and financial practices at the university …” (more, video)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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Universities accused of ‘misleading’ Dáil committee over financial affairs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University officials have been accused of misleading an Oireachtas committee over the way they run their financial affairs. Senior officials from colleges including University of Limerick, DIT and University College Cork appeared before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to answer allegations over unauthorised severance packages, conflicts of interest and poor corporate governance …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Severance payments to UL staff ‘unacceptably high’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has told an Oireachtas committee that severance payments given to staff were ‘unacceptably high’. Des Fitzgerald said that since his appointment he has called for an independent review of the university and that his concern is to protect the reputation of the institution …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 June]

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DIT president ordered to show report on lost €700,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The governing body of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has ordered its president to provide an unpublished report which is highly critical of senior managers for serious failures in financial governance to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The move comes as senior officials from DIT and other third-level colleges appear before the committee Thursday to face allegations that they misled TDs over the way they run their financial affairs …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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PAC to resume hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 22 June 2017 when it meets with representatives from the University of Limerick, University College Cork, Dublin Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 June]

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Third-level bosses face grilling

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level bosses face a severe grilling by TDs over gaps in their evidence to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee about financial affairs. The PAC is seeking legal advice about its powers in relation to what it believes was misleading evidence to it, including details about severance payments to two former staff at University of Limerick, who were rehired on a consultancy basis …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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Third-level heads misled PAC, says chairman

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Evidence has emerged that the University of Limerick misled the Department of Education and the Comptroller and Auditor General during an inquiry into its payments of unauthorised and excessive severance packages to senior managers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 May]

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Mayo senator wants GMIT chiefs to appear before Oireachtas committee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mayo Fine Gael Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin has written to the chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to highlight her concerns regarding the Mayo campus of GMIT …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 26 May]

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University presidents showed ‘arrogance’ when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ‘level of arrogance’ of some presidents of Irish universities was displayed in an RTÉ Investigates show last night, according to the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 May]

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Concerns university misled Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Evidence has emerged that the University of Limerick misled the Department of Education and the Comptroller and Auditor General during an inquiry into its payments of unauthorised and excessive severance packages to senior managers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 May]

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University of Limerick kept paying retired staffer

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick continued to make consultancy payments to a retired financial controller after he turned 60 and was also receiving a pension, the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 May]

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Pay equality for teachers will have ‘significant cost’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Restoring pay equality for teachers would have ‘significant cost implications for the education and training sector’, the secretary general of the Department of Education warned at the start of the current exercise on public service pay …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 12 May]

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UL inquiry examines €150,000 payment to lecturer over ‘inappropriate touching’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at University of Limerick (UL) is likely to include the circumstances surrounding the payment of €150,000 to a former lecturer alleged to have inappropriately touched students. The former staff member was the subject of three formal complaints from students, who referred to ‘inappropriate sexual references’ in class and ‘inappropriate touching’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Higher Education Funding: Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): … I wish to welcome the following witnesses to the meeting: Dr Charles Larkin, Dr Shaen Corbet and Dr Aedín Doris from NUI Maynooth, in addition to Dr Darragh Flannery from the University of Limerick. They are here to make presentations on the future funding of higher education, and I thank them for sending on their opening statements concerning the Cassells Report …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 2 May]

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Student loan scheme would ‘not hinder access’ to college among poorer students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A student loan scheme linked to graduates’ income would not hinder access to higher education by poorer students, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The possibility of such a loan scheme is being examined by the Oireachtas committee on education as part of a series of hearings over the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Student Loan Proposals ‘as clear as mud’ – Nolan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Speaking today at the meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan said that there is huge uncertainty about the potential costs and operation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 May]

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