Absent NUI Galway employee paid €90k by college during leave

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

Ireland“A staff member at NUI Galway was paid more than €90,000 while absent on grounds that did not meet the university’s own rules around payments for sabbatical leave. The person was one of an unknown number with whom NUI Galway concluded employment-related settlements in the 2016-17 financial year. The university’s financial statements for the year to the end of last September said those settlements cost it €134,000, including severances …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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HEA Chairman ‘must appear before PAC’ on back of chief executive resignation – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee, has said today that the resignation of Dr Graham Love from the HEA amid reports of obfuscation and delay of reform within the agency is a cause for concern. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 August]

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Financial Statements 2016: Higher Education Authority, University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 31st, 2018 by steve

Seán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are joined today by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Seamus McCarthy, and Mr Shane Carton, deputy director of audit. Apologies have been received from Deputies O’Connell and Catherine Murphy. We will deal with the business of the committee in the afternoon as we want to deal with the Higher Education Authority, University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology this morning …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 May]

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CIT paid extra €300k to buy city property

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Competing bids by University College Cork was a factor in Cork Institute of Technology paying €300,000 over the asking price for a city centre property. It emerged at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that UCC was also interested in acquiring the 19th-century building on Cork’s Grand Parade, for which CIT paid €1.25m in 2015. It has paid around the same again to convert it from its most recent use as a bank and make it safe to hold classes for CIT’s Crawford College of Art and Design …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 May]

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Technological University for South East on track for September 2019 – Aylward

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow–Kilkenny Bobby Aylward has welcomed a statement from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Ireland that they anticipate a technological university status application for the South East by the end of September this year. The information was revealed at yesterday’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) following a question by Deputy Aylward …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 May]

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UCC pays €3,000 a month for president’s housing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Students and taxpayers might find it strange that University College Cork is paying €3,000 a month on rental accommodation for its president, a TD says. The €36,000 annual cost, based on a current three-year lease, was revealed by UCC chief financial officer Diarmuid Collins in response to a question by the Tipperary Labour TD Alan Kelly at a meeting with the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 May]

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University of Limerick whistleblower invited to meet with Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The state spending watchdog has agreed to meet one of the first whistleblowers at the University of Limerick to discuss matters relating to the university and her part in highlighting problems there …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 26 February]

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Comptroller and Auditor General carrying out special report into UL audit findings

Posted in Legal issues on February 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General is drafting a special report into the findings of an internal audit carried out at the University of Limerick which found that the university provided inaccurate or incomplete information to several government bodies …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 23 February]

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Public Accounts Committee Probing UCD over Non Compliance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Oireachtas is investigating UCD over its failure to competitively tender €8.5 million worth of procurement contracts. PAC began to look into the matter when UCD’s ‘Financial Statement for the 2016 Year’ was put before it on the 14th December 2017 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 February]

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Further questions for University of Limerick as details of confidential audit are revealed

Posted in Legal issues on February 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been plunged into yet another controversy following allegations that it mislead State bodies over unauthorised severance payments worth more than €1.2m. If these allegations are found to be true, the University’s behaviour “depicts a pattern of deliberate obfuscation and downright misrepresentation” according to Limerick TD Willie O’Dea …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 5 February]

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Waterford IT bosses accused of bluffing to PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Sean Fleming, has accused bosses at Waterford Institute of Technology of ‘bluffing’ to the committee about its relationship with commercial companies under its control …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

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Former CIT president signed off on his own retirement function

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is being asked for a full explanation of how its ex-president Brendan Murphy personally signed off on more than half the €13,000 costs of two functions to mark his own retirement. The ability of any college to do so was sharply criticised at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

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‘Dolphin ice sculpture’ part of €13,000 spend on Cork IT chief’s departure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education was not aware that €13,000 of public money was spent on classical musicians, drapes and an ice sculpture of a dolphin to mark the retirement of the ex-president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 16 November]

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€13,000 spent on retirement party for former CIT president, committee told

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has been asked to clamp down on the use of taxpayers’ money for retirement functions after it emerged that €13,000 was spent on a lavish retirement party for the former president of Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 November]

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Cork Institute of Technology asked to explain €13k banquet

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil public accounts committee has demanded that Cork Institute of Technology explain why it spent €13,000 on a ‘banquet’ for its retiring president which involved a ‘red carpet, marquee, and ice-sculpture of a dolphin’ as students are struggling for help …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 6 October]

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Pipers, Tunes and Payment in the Higher Education Sector

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

Ireland“Recent discussion on university funding has been on the basis of the Public Accounts Committee report. This, along with the RTÉ Prime-time Investigates program, has led to a perception of a state funded sector out of financial control. Both of these are wrong …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 24 July]

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CIT president already being paid €78k annual pension

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has been paid €227,956 in a pension lump sum and an annual pension of €78,315 from the college despite still occupying the post, the Public Accounts Committee has been told. The college has also revealed it was involved in 20 legal cases in ‘matters related to staff issues’ despite previously telling the Irish Examiner it was not involved in any cases …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 19 July]

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Third Level Investigator ‘welcome move’ – Cullinane

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD today welcomed the announcement of new powers to appoint investigators to look into Irish universities. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 18 July]

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Colleges to face fines if accounts not shown

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Managers of colleges which fail to give up-to-date accounts or explain how much money they have in private trusts and foundations by the next budget should be hit with significant financial penalties and fines. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee made the recommendation at the launch of its damning report into the sector’s secret finances yesterday, saying options could include cuts or blocking of board of governor salaries …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 July]

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Third level colleges accused of ‘wild west’ approach to use of taxpayers’ money

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senior staff in some third-level colleges have been accused of taking a ‘wild west’ approach to the use of taxpayers’ money. The claims were made by members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee following the publication of its report into the financial accounts of a sample of seven third-level institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 July]
[The report is here]

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