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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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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Colleges’ sabbatical pay under Higher Education Authority spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A review of policies on pay and other benefits for third-level college staff is about to begin, almost a year after it was due to commence. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) review is to focus on examining policies in respect of pay, pensions, travel, and leave, and how those policies are applied …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 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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Three college staff ‘with no formal role’ paid €627,000

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

Ireland“Three staff at a third-level college received €627,000 in salary payments between them – despite having no clear role. The staff did not have any defined duties following the amalgamation of the Tipperary Institute into Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in September 2011, according to Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 25 September]

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PAC hears of three Limerick Institute of Technology staff earning €72k with nothing to do

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Three employees at Limerick Institute of Technology are earning up to €72,000 a year, with no work to do. The issue has been raised at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee this morning …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 24 September]

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Dáil probe into ‘cash mountain’ of €160m in colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s spending watchdog is to investigate an ‘anomalous’ €160m cash mountain in Irish universities which is growing by €30m a year, the Irish Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 August]

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SUSI problems addressed, PAC told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Comptroller and Auditor General has told the Public Accounts Committee that he is happy to report that the initial problems at the SUSI grant system had been addressed and the performance had been significantly improved …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 June]

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No excuses for the SUSI debacle in year one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chaos that engulfed SUSI in its first year of operation is perfectly understandable, and completely inexcusable, after reading the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Séamus McCarthy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 April]

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College says €1.2m in foundation ‘was not taxpayer cash’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A third-level college has insisted none of the €1.2m it has channelled to a charitable foundation was taxpayers’ money. The funds were transferred to the foundation in several tranches by St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, Dublin, prompting concern from the Comptroller and Auditor General about the arrangement … ” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 12 February]

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Funding cut threat for poorly governed colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The higher education planning and policy body has threatened to withhold funding from third-level colleges which don’t keep up-to-date financial accounts …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 23 January]

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