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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National University of Ireland Galway: Financial Statement 2013-2014

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … In this session, we will deal with the financial statements of the National University of Ireland Galway. From there, we are joined by Dr James Browne, president, Mr Gearóid Ó Conluain, an runaí, Ms Mary Dooley, bursar, and Mr Keith Warnock, capital projects adviser. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr. Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love, Mr Damien Kilgannon and Ms Jennifer Gygax …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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University of Limerick service provider paid €209,000 settlement

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

Ireland“A service provider to the University of Limerick received a settlement of €209,600 after a complaint of bullying was made against him by another staff member. UL president, professor Don Barry said that this case – which was disclosed in its recent set of consolidated financial accounts, for the year ending September 2015 – was ‘not next, nigh or near the finance division’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 April]

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External expert to audit WIT review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is to appoint an international expert to validate an internal review of processes within Waterford Institute of Technology, following a request by the president of the college. The request came on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday at which a number of concerns were raised about potential conflicts of interest around the development of a company that involved the current president of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, its intellectual property, and returns to the taxpayer when it was sold …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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WIT President says procedures were adhered to when it came to the sale of IT company FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Techonology has insisted that procedures surrounding conflicts of interest were adhered to when it came to the sale of the IT spin out company FeedHenry …” (more)

[WLR FM, 6 April]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the internal review at Waterford Institute of Technology, as mentioned by officials from his Department at the Committee of Public Accounts on 23 March 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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PAC continues hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

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

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 6 April 2017 when it meets with representatives from Waterford Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology and the National University of Ireland Galway. The Financial Statements of the Grangegorman Development Agency will also be looked at because of its particular relevance to the provision of DIT’s new campus …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 5 April]

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UCC satisfied it paid market value for council-owned building

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has said it is satisfied it paid market value when it bought a former bank from a local authority for €800,000 more than its purchase price two years earlier. The college acquired the old Cork Savings Bank at Lapps Quay from Cork City Council for €1.42m last year and has received planning permission for modifications that will see it used for executive training provided by the Cork University Business School …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 April]

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WIT to face PAC grilling

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology will face questions from politicians next week about the sale of spin off research companies based in the college. WIT is due to appear again before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[WLR FM, 30 March]

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Suspended UL employees raised concerns about expenses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two people who raised concerns about expenses claims at University of Limerick remain suspended on full pay, two years after making a complaint of bullying, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. Senior University of Limerick staff, including outgoing president Prof Don Barry and director of finance John Field, were questioned on the university’s financial accounts at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 March]

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UL makes sabbatical payment settlement of €186,000

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) made a €186,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners after the public spending watchdog raised an issue about how the college remunerated staff on sabbatical leave …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Ryan Nugent, Independent, 31 March]

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HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent over €75,000 so far probing how the University of Limerick handled whistleblowers’ claims about irregular expense claims and ensuing industrial relations problems. Two of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about claims have been suspended since early 2015, and the third is a former employee who left UL in 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Colleges running ‘significant deficits’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three institutes of technology continue to have ‘significant’ financial deficits, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). However, another three that were on the critical list last year are now balancing their books, the Public Accounts Committee was told yesterday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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University of Limerick goes before the Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senior representatives of the University of Limerick will be examined across a number of financial issues before the Public Accounts Committee in Leinster House in Dublin this Thursday afternoon. Witnesses from UL who have been called upon to answer questions by the committee include …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 March]

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