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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HEA Financial Statements 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are joined again by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Seamus McCarthy, who is a permanent witness to the committee and Ms Colette Drinan, deputy director of audit at the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. We are meeting representatives from the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority, HEA, to discuss the Higher Education Authority’s financial statements for 2017 …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 18 October]

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Higher Education Authority’s review powers in spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A legal review of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) powers to undertake investigations and reviews in third-level colleges has held up a report on spinout companies at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) that was due out a year ago …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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Outgoing Chief Executive of HEA outlines reasons for resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love has outlined some of the reasons for his unexpected resignation from the body in August after 18 months in the role. He was speaking as both the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority appeared before the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon …” (more)

[Edel McAllister, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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HEA boss quit over his ‘serious concerns’ on funding issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing boss of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) quit amid ‘serious concerns’, including a claim there has been a failure to resolve funding issues in the sector. HEA chief executive Dr Graham Love announced his shock decision to resign in August after less than 18 months in the job …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 18 October]

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PAC Chairman calls on the WIT President to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has called on the President of WIT to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing. It’s after Professor Willie Donnelly appeared on WLR News calling on Deputy David Cullinane to stop attacking the institute. He hit out at what he called ‘constant attacks’ by the Sinn Fein TD at the committee …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 12 October]

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Three ITs millions of euro in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three State-funded third-level institutes of technology (ITs) have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt — putting significant pressure on key frontline services …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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Three Institute of Technologies facing financial black holes as it emerges they are millions in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three leading State-funded third level institutes of technology have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt – putting significant pressure on key front-line services …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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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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