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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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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University of Limerick doctor got €209,600 settlement

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

Ireland“A doctor at University of Limerick (UL) received a €209,600 confidential settlement agreement to leave his post after 15 years, following allegations that he bullied another employee, which he rejects …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 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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Independent Review into Governance, HR and Financial Practices and Procedures at UL

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

Ireland“On 12 May the Minister for Education and Skills announced the details of an independent review into governance, HR and financial practices and procedures at the University of Limerick. The HEA will oversee the review and has appointed Dr Richard Thorn, President Emeritus of Institute of Technology Sligo, to conduct the review. The HEA will provide administrative support to the review. The terms of reference of the review are attached. The HEA now invites any persons who wish to raise matters of concern or public interest that are relevant to the work of the review to do so …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 23 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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‘UL can help boost growth’ in region

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

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) needs to improve its world ranking if it the region is to realise its potential economically, its incoming president has said. In his first address as president-elect of UL, Desmond Fitzgerald told the May business lunch of Limerick Civic Trust a key objective of the university was attracting international students because investment in the region would follow, adding that it had to also think of itself as a national, rather than a regional, university …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 23 May]

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New University of Limerick chief to deal with damaging allegations

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

Ireland“On his first day as the new president of University of Limerick earlier this month, Dr Des Fitzgerald sat down to to write a short email. Until then, the college had firmly rejected calls for an independent inquiry into a series of damaging allegations relating to financial irregularities and human resources practices …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 May]

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University of Limerick review based on at least a dozen allegations

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

Ireland“At least a dozen protected disclosures or allegations are likely to form the basis of an independent review into allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The Department of Education has outlined the terms of reference for the reviews which will focus on governance, human resources and financial practices at the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Disclosures by University of Limerick staff in ‘utmost confidence’ to new review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said that information received from those who have signed confidential severance agreements with the University of Limerick will be treated with the ‘utmost confidence’ by the investigator leading a new review into a series of allegations …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 18 May]

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University of Limerick kept paying retired staffer

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick continued to make consultancy payments to a retired financial controller after he turned 60 and was also receiving a pension, the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 May]

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New University of Limerick president backs €150m Northern Distributor Road

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick Dr Desmond Fitzgerald has called for the €150m Northern Distributor Road to be delivered ‘as a matter of urgency’. Dr Fitzgerald, who took up duties on campus earlier this month, says the proposed interconnector is an essential part of both the continued growth of the regional economy and the university itself …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 16 May]

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University of Limerick inquiry raises wider questions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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New university president warns staff to prepare for further revelations in whistleblower controversy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick (UL) has told staff to prepare for further revelations in the whistle-blower controversy that has hit the college. Prof Des Fitzgerald addressed staff at a series of meetings on the campus over the past week …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 May]

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Government outlines independent review of UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at University of Limerick will focus on governance, human resources and financial practices at the college. Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced details of the review’s terms of reference on Friday evening …” (more)

[Aine McMahon and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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UL probe to examine severance pay

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The use of severance payments is to be included in the independent review of governance, human resources, and financial issues at University of Limerick (UL) ordered by Education Minister Richard Bruton. Details of the inquiry, to be carried out by former Institute of Technology Sligo president Richard Thorn, were announced by the Department of Education last night …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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Former University of Limerick president honoured with civic reception

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

Ireland“Over 20 years ago Don Barry pulled into a garage in Limerick while en route to his first job interview in the University of Limerick. ‘I suppose you’re here for the big match?’ asked the man at the petrol pumps. But Barry conceded he ‘hadn’t a clue what he was talking about’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 13 May]

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Statement by Minister Bruton regarding University of Limerick

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

Ireland“At the request of the University of Limerick my Department, in consultation with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), have agreed to conduct an independent review into the governance, HR and financial practices and procedures at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 May]

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UL inquiry examines €150,000 payment to lecturer over ‘inappropriate touching’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at University of Limerick (UL) is likely to include the circumstances surrounding the payment of €150,000 to a former lecturer alleged to have inappropriately touched students. The former staff member was the subject of three formal complaints from students, who referred to ‘inappropriate sexual references’ in class and ‘inappropriate touching’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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