UL lifts suspensions on two whistleblowers

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has lifted the suspensions imposed on two whistleblowers who raised issues about irregular practices at the university. The suspensions have been lifted on staff known only as B and C by UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 November]

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Truth and transparency benefit us all: Academics should have stood up in face of UL issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Thorn report into management failures at the University of Limerick makes for sobering reading. A catalogue of management and governance issues was identified over a period of years that led to a corrosive culture at the heart of the institution. …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Limerick Leader, 19 November]

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‘UL clause’ will give ministerial powers to appoint investigator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A change in the law which would give the Minister for Education and Skills the power to appoint an investigator to any publicly-funded third level institution is progressing through the Oireachtas in the wake of the Thorn report into controversies at University of Limerick …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 18 November]

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Whistleblower seeks justice with letter to University of Limerick president and minister

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

Ireland“A former UL employee who raised concerns about irregularities in expenses and subsequently felt ‘managed out’ of her job has written to the university president and the Minister for Education – seeking ‘fairness, transparency and accountability for decision-making’ … (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 17 November]

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University of Limerick president promises changes for ‘unresolved issues’

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

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick has moved to assure the college community that he plans to act immediately on the findings of a HEA report into UL’s controversies. The report, by former Sligo IT president Dr Richard Thorn, delves into issues surrounding finance, HR and governance at UL, and is strongly critical …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 14 November]

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Suspended whistleblowers taking High Court case against University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The two whistleblowers who were suspended from the University of Limerick’s finance department following controversies around payment of expenses have initiated High Court action against the university …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 13 November]

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The self-inflicted wounds that led to the biggest crisis in UL’s history

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

Ireland“Weak leadership, hubris and poor oversight lie at the heart of the serious findings made against the University of Limerick this week. In time, with the correct approach, UL will recover from these self-inflicted wounds. All of us in the Mid-West who have cherished its contribution to local life since 1972 must hope that the recovery is as swift as possible …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 10 November]

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University of Limerick criticised over €1.7m severance deal for staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) spent more than €1.7 million on severance packages for eight former employees between 2008 and 2015, according to a report published on Wednesday. In addition, education authorities were kept in the dark over the payments which breached pay policy guidelines …” (more)

[Sarah Burns and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Report on controversies ‘shows university failed in how it treated its staff’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recently appointed president of the University of Limerick (UL) has expressed concern about the way the university ‘treated some of its people in the past’. Dr Des Fitzgerald said a new report into a string of controversies at the college cast light on occasions in the past where UL fell short in its duty of care as an employer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 November]

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UL faces sanctions over €1.7m deals for former staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick faces possible sanctions for misleading the Department of Education and others over severance payments to former staff who were then rehired. A damning report showed two of the payments totalling around €650,000 were among eight severance or compromise deals totalling €1.7m …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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UL whistleblower: ‘I lost my job for doing the right thing’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 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, whereas others did not …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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HR practices and use of severance payments at University of Limerick criticised following review

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been criticised for its use of severance payments worth €1.7m and its handling of staff issues in a new report on a series of controversies at the college in recent years. A total of eight severance packages, agreed between 2007 and 2015, came under scrutiny in the review carried out by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Department of Education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 November]

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UL whistleblower ‘suffered for telling the truth’

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

Ireland“One of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about financial expenses and other matters at the University of Limerick, who said she was managed out of her job, said she feels vindicated by today’s Higher Education Authority report into matters of concern at the university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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University of Limerick president acknowledges ‘seriousness’ of issues raised in report

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

Ireland“University of Limerick president Professor Des Fitzgerald has acknowledged that the university ‘fell short’ in how ‘treated some of its people in the past’. The new president was responding to the publishing today of a report which saw its human resource (HR) practices strongly criticised …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 8 November]

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Second probe into severance and rehire arrangements at University of Limerick

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

Ireland“A second investigation is to take place into the manner in which University of Limerick paid generous severances to senior staff and then re-hired them, writes Niall Murray. It is one of the recommendations in the report of Richard Thorn into a range of issues at UL that he was asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton to investigate last May …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Minister Bruton and Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor note of the review into University of Limerick

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today noted the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the review of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 November]

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HEA due to publish review on UL whistleblower claims

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is due to publish the results of its review into allegations of irregular expenses, unusually high severance payments, and a number of other governance issues raised by three whistleblowers at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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‘I’m not married, don’t have kids and don’t play golf’: Limerick professor opposed to compulsory retirement

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Emeritus Professor said forcing people to retire from the public sector at a set age is ‘discriminatory’ and should be made optional as life expectancy increases …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 November]

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University of Limerick review sharply critical of HR practices

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

Ireland“Shortcomings in human resources and management practices at the University of Limerick are sharply criticised in a soon-to-be-published review into alleged misconduct at the institution, it is understood. The investigation was triggered after concerns were raised over the way the university handled a series of disciplinary proceedings against staff and severance packages as well as its use of confidentiality agreements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Whistleblowers anxiously await release of University of Limerick report

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

Ireland“The long-awaited report into a series of allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick is now in the hands of the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Science. Dr Graham Love, chief executive of the HEA, confirmed that the report was received this week from Dr Richard Thorn, following months of investigations, interviews and analysis …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 October]

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