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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University of Limerick whistleblowers ‘very genuine’, says Bruton

Posted in Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he believes the University of Limerick whistleblowers who have made allegations over financial practices are ‘very genuine’. Mr Bruton was speaking in Limerick following the announcement that there will be a full independent inquiry into the treatment of those who raised concerns into financial practices at the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 May]

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University of Limerick faces inquiry into misconduct allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education is to launch an independent inquiry into a series of allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick (UL). The allegations broadly relate to the treatment of staff or former employees who raised concerns over irregular expenses claims and made complaints over bullying …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 May]

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UL failed to inform students of Baldonnel chemical fears

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick failed to pass on health concerns about the Air Corps hangars to its work placement students, despite several warnings over chemical exposure fears. Although it was told that students ‘may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and organic solvents during the course of their work placement’, UL did not follow up on requests to inform the relevant students …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 April]

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Tributes paid to Mary Immaculate College president who passed away following an illness

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tributes have been paid to Professor Michael Hayes, President of Mary Immaculate teacher training college, Limerick who passed away on Saturday, following an illness. Bishop Brendan Leahy, chairperson of the college trustees and governing authority said Prof Hayes made an enormous impact …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 April]

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UCD Signs up to Campaign Tackling Sexual Harassment in Irish Colleges

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

Ireland“UCD is partnering with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and several other universities for a campaign looking to tackle sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. UCD was the first major university to come on board, and now UCC, DCU and the University of Limerick have signed up to the ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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University of Limerick service provider paid €209,000 settlement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A service provider to the University of Limerick received a settlement of €209,600 after a complaint of bullying was made against him by another staff member. UL president, professor Don Barry said that this case – which was disclosed in its recent set of consolidated financial accounts, for the year ending September 2015 – was ‘not next, nigh or near the finance division’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 April]

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UL opens new €15m Munster Rugby facility and diving pool

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

Ireland“The head of Munster Rugby says he hopes the province can develop its commercial relationship with the University of Limerick in the years to come. CEO Garrett Fitzgerald made his comments at the official opening of Munster’s High Performance Centre and UL’s new 25 metre diving pool …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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Suspended UL employees raised concerns about expenses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two people who raised concerns about expenses claims at University of Limerick remain suspended on full pay, two years after making a complaint of bullying, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. Senior University of Limerick staff, including outgoing president Prof Don Barry and director of finance John Field, were questioned on the university’s financial accounts at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 March]

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UL makes sabbatical payment settlement of €186,000

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) made a €186,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners after the public spending watchdog raised an issue about how the college remunerated staff on sabbatical leave …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Ryan Nugent, Independent, 31 March]

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HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent over €75,000 so far probing how the University of Limerick handled whistleblowers’ claims about irregular expense claims and ensuing industrial relations problems. Two of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about claims have been suspended since early 2015, and the third is a former employee who left UL in 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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