UCDSU and ULSU Decline Offer from USI to Attend National Training Event

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An attempt by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to mend the historically fractious relationship with University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) and University of Limerick Students’ Union (ULSU) went unreciprocated this week, as the two unions declined an invitation to a USI-run training event …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 August]

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UL President has a house to spare

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has come under fire for having two official homes for its president and spending money to maintain them while one is not lived in …” (more)

[Cian Reinhardt, Limerick Post, 13 August]

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Walsh gets no response from NUI in row over honour for Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick is sending his honorary doctorate in the post back to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response. Dr Edward Walsh said that he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI), Dr Maurice Manning, after he wrote to him nearly a fortnight ago …” (more)

[Gareth Morgan, Independent, 11 August]

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Founding UL president to send his honorary doctorate back in post

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick this week confirmed he will send the honorary doctorate back in the post to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response from them. Dr Edward Walsh said he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Maurice Manning …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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University of Limerick’s presidential home worth €1.5m remains vacant

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The costs of maintaining two presidential houses owned by the University of Limerick have exceeded €100,000, with one multi-million euro residence left vacant for nearly a decade. The university sparked controversy in 2010 when a second house costing €2.2m and funded by philanthropist Chuck Feeney of Atlantic Philanthropies was built for its president on campus – at a time when it was €3m in debt …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 3 August]

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University of Limerick responds to ‘unprecedented’ student housing demands in city

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick is launching a campaign inviting homeowners and landlords to come forward and advertise available accommodation on the university’s accommodation list, in response to ‘unprecedented’ demand for student housing …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 31 July]

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University of Limerick spent close to €1.5m on legal fees with firm Arthur Cox

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick spent over €2 million in legal fees in the past decade, with Dublin-based firm Arthur Cox receiving nearly €1.5 million. Figures released to the Limerick Leader under a Freedom of Information request show that …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 28 July]

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Ex-UL president to hand back degree in Brian Cowen protest

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of University of Limerick (UL) plans to hand back his honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in protest over its decision to honour former taoiseach Brian Cowen. The NUI has faced a wave of public criticism following its awarding of an honorary doctorate to Mr Cowen on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Massive plans for University of Limerick’s sports campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is proposing to significantly add to its already state-of-the-art sports campus, with the construction of three GAA-sized pitches and a large number of extra facilities. Plans received by Limerick City and County Council’s planning authority show that UL intends to develop three GAA pitches — one natural grass field and two all-weather pitches — at the Maguires Field 22 acre site …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 21 July]

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Students face ‘homeless’ fears as demand outstrips supply in Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are fears that some Limerick students could be left ‘homeless’ for the first few weeks of the September semester, in light of a housing supply decline and increasing rents …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 12 July]

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Doctor refused access to case files by University of Limerick to inform inquiry

Posted in Legal issues on July 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A doctor who received a settlement of €209,600 after accusations of bullying at the University of Limerick has been refused access to files relating to his case by UL under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 July]

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Former University of Limerick manager sues college for defamation

Posted in Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former senior manager with the University of Limerick has brought defamation proceedings against the college over the contents of e mails it provided to the Department of Education and the Auditor and Controller General concerning his severance payment …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Limerick Leader, 29 June]

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Sadness as PhD student dies at University of Limerick

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

Ireland“A Garda investigation is underway after the body of a PhD student was found at the campus of the University of Limerick. The discovery was made late on Thursday evening by gardai who were looking for the young man after members of his family had earlier reported not seeing him for some time …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 23 June]

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University president admits ‘best practice’ not used in €1m payout

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

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick (UL), Dr Des Fitzgerald, has apologised for ‘inaccurate’ information previously provided to politicians by a senior UL official. He yesterday gave full details of the total value of the payments made to two staff members between 2012 and 2015 at €1.15m. These included severance payments, pension lump sums and consultancy agreements, plus annual pensions of €58,000 and €54,600 a year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 June]

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UL president ‘will not hesitate’ on any breach

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

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) president Des Fitzgerald says he will not hesitate to take action if a number of ongoing probes uncover any breaches of conduct rules by staff or directors. After his appointment last month, Prof Fitzgerald sought the external inquiry to examine a range of issues as he wants to restore the university’s reputation …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 June]

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University of Limerick may have to repay €450k deal

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) could be forced to repay part of the €450,000 paid in severance to two former managers who were rehired as consultants, TDs have been told. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) also heard about the concerns of the Department of Education and Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) Seamus McCarthy that UL may not have given them full details of the 2012 deals …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 June]

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University of Limerick President to engage with whistleblowers following review

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

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick says he will deal ‘sympathetically’ with two whistleblowers who have been suspended for more than two years following the conclusion of an independent review into governance, HR and financial practices at the university …” (more, video)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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Severance payments to UL staff ‘unacceptably high’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has told an Oireachtas committee that severance payments given to staff were ‘unacceptably high’. Des Fitzgerald said that since his appointment he has called for an independent review of the university and that his concern is to protect the reputation of the institution …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 June]

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PAC to resume hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 22 June 2017 when it meets with representatives from the University of Limerick, University College Cork, Dublin Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 June]

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Scholarships to be given to people in Direct Provision as UL becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been designated as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community. The university is awarding 17 academic scholarships to people aged 22 who live in Direct Provision …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 June]

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