RTÉ stands over university spending probe

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

Ireland“RTÉ is standing over an investigation on spending and governance at third-level colleges as it prepares responses to complaints from two universities. University College Cork and NUI Galway have submitted complaints over its May 25 RTÉ Investigates programme, Universities Unchallenged …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandKevin O’Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to put in place an independent inquiry into the governance at universities here further to a television programme (details supplied); his plans to carry out a due diligence review of the purchase by a university purchase of an institute (details supplied) in respect of commercial academic and pension related issues; if he has or plans to intervene in the purchase of the institute by the university in view of the fact that its payment of over €20 million is excessive; his plans for a full review of the higher education authority role in view of its inability to effect a culture of good governance at universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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University governance

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

Ireland“Sir, – The RTÉ Investigates: Universities Unchallenged programme broadcast on May 25th has raised serious questions about universities’ financial governance and oversight procedures. Where there have been conflicts of interests, abuses of power and incomplete disclosures the relevant institutions and people must of course be held responsible …” (more)

[Wolfgang Marx, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Third-level bosses face grilling

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level bosses face a severe grilling by TDs over gaps in their evidence to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee about financial affairs. The PAC is seeking legal advice about its powers in relation to what it believes was misleading evidence to it, including details about severance payments to two former staff at University of Limerick, who were rehired on a consultancy basis …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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Lawless calls for greater oversight of universities – Fianna Fáil

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development James Lawless says the Government must consider proposals to increase the level of oversight into financial governance at Irish universities …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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Third-level heads misled PAC, says chairman

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 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, 26 May]

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HEA and Department must account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions – Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan has said that the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills must come before the Oireachtas Education Committee to account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions. Teachta Nolan was commenting after significant revelations relating to the financial management of third level institutions were raised in the Prime Time Investigates Programme last evening …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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The Best Time Of Their Lives

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last night, higher education institutions were exposed as misusing public money for years, all the while insisting that they were broke, and that students must pay more. A change in culture, and consequences must follow …” (more)

[Aengus Ó Maoláin, Broadsheet.ie, 26 May]

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UL revelations highlight need for corporate governance review – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne says he is alarmed by last night’s Prime Time revelations surrounding governance issues at the University of Limerick. Deputy Byrne added that the Minister for Education Richard Bruton needs to ensure that a review of corporate governance structures is carried out into third level institutions …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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UL President gravely concerned by RTÉ’s findings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has said that RTÉ Investigates programme on governance at Irish universities raises issues ‘of grave concern’ …” (more)

[Simon Bourke, Limerick Post, 26 May]

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University presidents showed ‘arrogance’ when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ‘level of arrogance’ of some presidents of Irish universities was displayed in an RTÉ Investigates show last night, according to the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 May]

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New University of Limerick president ‘genuinely disturbed’ by RTÉ revelations

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of University of Limerick has said the revelations under the RTÉ Investigates programme this Thursday night on governance and spending issues in UL and other third-level institutions are of ‘grave concern’ and are ‘genuinely disturbing’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 26 May]

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USI Concerned Over Spending Of Students’ And Taxpayers’ Money

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has raised concerns over the spending of students’ and taxpayers money in light of the RTÉ Investigates documentary aired last night. USI President Annie Hoey said …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 26 May]

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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 under spotlight of Prime Time investigation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Financial affairs at the University of Limerick – which are subject to a new independent review – will feature prominently in a major RTE investigation this Tuesday night. RTE’s investigations unit has been working for several months on uncovering how taxpayers’ money is spent in a number of third level institutions …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 May]

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UCD students organise RTÉ ‘Repeal protest’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Around 80 people took part in demonstration on Monday outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, protesting the broadcaster’s coverage of the Strike for Repeal march last Wednesday. The event was organised by UCD students …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, Irish Times, 13 March]

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UCD Students Lead RTÉ Repeal Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students are being invited to attend a demonstration today outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, protesting the coverage of the Strike for Repeal march last Wednesday. The event is being organised by a number of UCD students …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 13 March]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With students counting their Leaving Cert Points ahead of the first round of the CAO college offers on Monday, the race is already on to find accommodation that’s in short supply. Drivetime Reporter John Cooke has been meeting students and the services helping them to find a bed for the college year.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 19 August]

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Fianna Fáil needs to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams has called on Fianna Fáil to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans. Williams commented: ‘Fianna Fáil Education and Skills Spokesperson Thomas Byrne said on Morning Ireland his party are open to the idea of introducing student loans. This is a deeply regressive and ill thought out position …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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WIT withdraws memo regarding redundancy scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has withdrawn a letter sent to unions stating that the Department of Education and Skills had informed them of the possibility of a voluntary redundancy scheme for public servants employed in the education and training sector. The memo seen by RTÉ News was sent to representatives of the Teachers Union of Ireland, IMPACT, Unite and SIPTU last night by a senior manager at WIT …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 February]

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