Held to account: Second University of Limerick president given a torrid time at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A few hours after the day’s business got under way at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in Leinster House last week, there was a controlled explosion in Committee Room 3 …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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UL whistleblowers ‘thrown under the bus’ while those involved were ‘rewarded’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of issues were put to the University of Limerick president in private last week in relation to two UL whistleblowers, who raised issues about financial practices at the university more than three years ago. The two staff members, known as Persons B and C, have yet to return to work despite their suspension from the university being lifted in November 2017 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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University of Limerick records may need to be independently examined

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fears that thousands of students at the University of Limerick possibly received ‘understated’ degrees may need to be independently examined, members of the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) believe …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 2 February]

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Focus on securing TU HQ ‘undisputed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The focus on creating a ‘university of international standing’ in this region remains high on the agenda of Waterford TD and Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member David Cullinane (SF). Speaking to The Munster Express in the wake of the PAC’s examining a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the sale of Feed Henry, a spin out company of TSSG, to Red Hat for €63.5m, Deputy Cullinane said his eyes remained fixed on the establishment of a Technological University …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 31 January]

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UL president asked to write to Garda Commissioner over report findings

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has been formally asked to write to the Garda Commissioner to ask if the findings of a report that was highly critical of the university should be investigated for fraud. Last Thursday, Dr Des Fitzgerald, appeared before the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) over a number of long-running controversies related to the HR and finance departments at the university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 28 January]

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PAC criticises lack of oversight in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have criticised the lack of authority that public bodies have over third level education institutions. Fianna Fáil TD Marc McSharry told the PAC that major deficits exist ‘in the overall oversight of education, in particular at third level’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 25 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 104 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Waterford Institute of Technology – Development and Disposal of Intellectual Property in FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We will now deal with item No 8 on today’s agenda, which is the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Special Report 104, which deals with Waterford Institute of Technology in respect of the development and disposal of intellectual property in FeedHenry. The Comptroller and Auditor General is joined by Shane Carton, deputy director of audit …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 103 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Remuneration of certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): In this session we will examine the Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report No 103 on the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo. We have also requested an update on the implementation of Dr Thorn’s Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Review of University of Limerick student records system to cost up to €20 million

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A full review of University of Limerick student records system could cost up to €20 million, TDs were told at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) this Thursday. The Limerick Leader revealed earlier today that concerns have been raised over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Subsidiary responsible for €1.2m pension costs – UL

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) says a subsidiary company will be responsible for the refund of costs arising from pension benefits worth a total of €1.2m for two of its staff, who were added to UL’s State-funded pension scheme even though they were not employed by the university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 January]

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UL students may have got wrong exam results, PAC hears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick (UL) has played down concerns that hundreds of students may have received incorrect exam results over a period of many years. The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday heard of serious concerns over the reliability of UL’s student records system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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UL exam results and severance pay issues require further investigation – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD, said today that the University of Limerick must engage with the outstanding issues affecting its reputation, adding that the PAC will not be moving on. Deputy Cullinane said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 January]

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Dept of Education examining recoupment of money from institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Secretary General of the Department of Education has told the Public Accounts Committee that it is examining ways to recoup money from higher education institutions where breaches of governance have been identified. Seán Ó Foghlú was appearing before the committee following a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) published last November …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 January]

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University of Limerick president faces questions on accuracy of results at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, is expected to face questions from TDs this Thursday about concerns over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Alan English and Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Government to look at recouping from colleges for ‘governance breaches’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering recouping monies from institutes of higher education where governance breaches have been found, it has emerged. The Secretary General of the Department of Education Seán Ó Foghlú is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to discuss the remuneration of senior staff at the University of Limerick and the Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘misleading’ PAC over pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has been severely criticised by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over pension top-ups to former staff. The university was the subject of a damning report earlier this week by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) about top-up pension payments totalling €1.2 million to two senior staff, during the tenure of former President Don Barry who left his post in 2017 …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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Public Accounts Committee requests ‘full details’ on UL employees that raised concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s spending watchdog has called on the University of Limerick to clarify the current employment status of staff members who first raised concerns about financial practices at the University …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 23 November]

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UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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Legislation needed for HEA to regulate ‘as expected’ in relation to matters at UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority does not have ‘the powers to do what is expected of a regulatory body’ in relation to some of the matters raised at the University of Limerick, the Public Accounts Committee has heard …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 27 October]

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