WIT to review arrangements relating to spin-off research firms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A review is being undertaken by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) into arrangements relating to spin-off research companies based there. The situation was outlined at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, which heard that the Department of Education expects to hear shortly about the findings …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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University of Limerick set to come under spotlight of Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee is set to examine the University of Limerick in the new year on a number of financial and governance issues. The examination of spending in at least four third-level institutions across the country before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been delayed this year, due to hearings in relation to Nama and Project Eagle over the last six weeks …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 22 December]

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Willie O’Dea ‘100% certain’ UL case will go to PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Having read the HEA’s reaction, serious charges have been made against the University of Limerick, which is very concerning, as public money is involved. There is a fear, as I understand it, that this practice had been pretty widespread, and a lot of that public money will never be recovered, and that’s very serious indeed …” (more)

[Willie O’Dea, Limerick Leader, 12 February]

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WIT and CIT: Financial Statements 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMr Seán Ó Foghlú (Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills) called and examined; Mr Tom Boland (Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Authority) called and examined; Professor Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology) called and examined; …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 10 December]

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HEA boss denies ‘looking for head’ of ex-Waterford Institute of Technology president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly rejected suggestions that he ‘went looking for the head’ of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 11 December]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Cork Institute of Technology spent €65,000 to refute ‘defamatory’ claims

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) spent more than €65,000 to investigate 196 allegations made by an anonymous whistleblower which it has described as ‘grossly defamatory’. Earlier this year, staff at the college flouted college policies on expenses, a probe into the allegations found …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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PAC to examine ITs’ financial statements

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Officials from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) will appear before the PAC tomorrow. The Committee will consider WIT’s Financial Statements 2013 and CIT’s Financial Statements 2014 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 9 December]

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Waterford IT to get €12m to finish stalled sports complex

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to provide Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) with a €12.1m loan towards the completion of its stalled sports campus and the purchase of its student village. The news comes less than a month after the former head of a company, tasked with delivering the Carriganore Sports Campus, issued a report blaming ‘inadequate leadership’ at WIT for the delay of the project, which is now estimated to run €4.3m over budget …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 1 December]

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TD urges State to finish Waterford sports campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Waterford TD believes there is a need for the State to step in to facilitate the completion of a multimillion-euro sports complex which stalled, mid-construction, over three years ago …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 November]

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WIT sports centre to cost more than estimated

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A controversial public building project in Waterford will cost millions more to complete than originally estimated, according to documents presented to an Oireachtas committee …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 November]

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‘Inaccurate’ portrayal of college whose staff had ‘no work’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Limerick Institute of Technology has accused the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee of portraying the college inaccurately when a recent meeting heard that LIT paid €627,000 to a number of staff members over a four-year period when it had no work for them …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 17 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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CIT president hits out at whistleblower ‘falsehoods’

Posted in Legal issues on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has claimed that allegations made against the college by an anonymous whistle-blower were ‘almost entirely malicious falsehoods’ that were ‘intended to damage the good name of CIT, its governors, and staff’ …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 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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‘Universities inflating points is absolute scandal’: Limerick TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael deputy Patrick O’Donovan has said he remains unsatisfied with answers he received at the Public Accounts Committee, where he queried the ‘absolute scandal’ of universities inflating points for courses …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 September]

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Technological University for the South East: Report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail): We will now discuss the report from Mr Michael Kelly and thereafter the financial statements of the HSE. I welcome Mr Kelly to the meeting and invite him to make his opening statement. Mr Michael Kelly: I thank the committee for the opportunity to discuss this project. I regard the technological university for the south east, TUSE, project as being of enormous significance for the future …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 September]

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Higher Education Authority: Financial Statements 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandRobert Dowds (Dublin Mid West, Labour): … My question relates to how the HEA disburses funds to the traditional universities, the institutes of technology and other institutions. Mr Tom Boland: It is done on the basis of a funding model. The allocation is done on the basis of a combination of the number of students and the disciplines they are studying, with different …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 September]

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail): I remind members and witnesses to turn off their mobile phones as interference affects the sound quality and transmission of the meeting. I advise witnesses that they are protected by absolute privilege in respect of their evidence to the committee. However, if they are directed by it to cease giving evidence on a particular matter and continue to do so, they are entitled thereafter only to qualified privilege …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 September]

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UL president denies claims of ‘hush money’ paid to staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has dismissed as untrue claims that two staff members who raised concerns about alleged irregularities in expenses payments to staff at the institution were offered ‘hush money’ …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 25 September]

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