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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University of Limerick criticised for its failures in policy, attitude and honesty

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The two employees in the University of Limerick’s finance department who remain suspended from their roles for two years with pay should be reinstated ‘as soon as possible’, Fianna Fail deputy Willie O’Dea has urged. Deputy O’Dea said that the women were ‘treated terribly by certain elements of the university’s senior management’ and stressed that the way whistleblowers are dealt with and treated needs to change …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 4 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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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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NUIG confirms ‘unusual’ payment of €175,000 to consultants

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

Ireland“NUIG President Dr James Browne has agreed it was ‘unusual’ that the School of Law paid €143,000 plus VAT for one consultancy firm for 22 months’ work. Dr Browne was responding to queries by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly at the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, in relation to monies paid for professional services from consultancy, Results Through People Limited …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 April]

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PAC tell John Halligan to clarify criticism of group for examining WIT financial issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has told junior minister for skills John Halligan to clarify why he criticised the group for examining financial issues at Waterford IT, amid claims of an attempt to block any investigation that may damage his constituency …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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‘We can’t have every minister firing out statements willy-nilly’: John Halligan asked to clarify criticism of PAC

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to write to Junior Minister for Skills and Training, John Halligan to ask him to clarify a statement he made regarding the questioning of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Officials from the college appeared before the PAC last week …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 April]

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Dublin Institute of Technology: Financial Statement 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are now back in public session. We will continue our discussion with Dublin Institute of Technology and the Grangegorman Development Agency. I apologise for the late start. An issue arose regarding the late submission of financial statements. This applied, to some extent, to the organisations before us …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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Waterford Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … We will begin with Waterford Institute of Technology’s 2013-14 financial statements. From Waterford Institute of Technology we are joined by Professor Willie Donnelly, President, Ms Elaine Sheridan, Vice President, Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President and Ms Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love and Mr Andrew Brownlee …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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