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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University of Limerick whistleblowers reach two years under suspension

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

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has said he is ‘sympathetic’ to two whistleblowers at UL who remain suspended with pay after two years, at a cost of €120,000 to the State. However, Dr Desmond Fitzgerald said that he does not plan to lift the suspension of the two women – suspended two years ago this Monday – in the finance department until the findings of a new review into a series of allegations of misconduct at UL are published …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 12 June]

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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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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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Higher Education Authority – UL Staff

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on his meeting with the University of Limerick whistleblowers; the feedback provided to them; the course of action he now plans to follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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University of Limerick damaging its own hard-won reputation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick owes its former employee Leona O’Callaghan an apology. Any reasonable person assessing the facts of her situation will reach that conclusion. UL’s continuing refusal to admit that it failed her in any way shames the university. Those are strong words, and as a UL graduate I regret having to write them on the front page of a newspaper that has highlighted the university’s many achievements for more than 40 years. But what’s wrong is wrong …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 8 July]

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‘I can’t take any more’: University of Limerick whistleblower

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the key whistleblowers in the finance department at the University of Limerick has said she cannot allow matters at UL to consume any more of her life, and is walking away from the process following the latest move by the Higher Education Authority. After commissioning an independent review into policies and procedures at UL through Mazars – published in February – it is understood that the HEA is now examining the possibility of appointing a ‘facilitator’ to further examine issues of conflict …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 July]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers demand ‘case clarity’

Posted in Legal issues on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The two whistleblowers who remain suspended from the University of Limerick’s finance department a year on have said they are still in ‘no man’s land’. The female employees were suspended on June 12 – Sunday last – in 2015, with pay, and are still seeking to be reinstated in their roles …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 16 June]

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UL staff now suspended one year with pay

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This Sunday marked a full year since two female whistleblowers in the University of Limerick’s finance department were suspended with pay.  Their claims regarding expenses and other financial matters – first aired in the Limerick Leader last September – gave rise to the Higher Education Authority commissioning a report into processes and procedures, which found a number of shortcomings …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 13 June]

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NUIG employee seeks whistleblower protection

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senior staff member at NUI Galway has ‘blown the whistle’ on alleged malpractice at the university. The employee, who has sought protection under whistleblower legislation, has made a series of disclosures to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 31 March]

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UL staff asked to help review and promised confidentiality

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mazars, the independent consultants appointed to conduct a review into allegations regarding finances at the University of Limerick, has revealed the details of how people can make submissions in strict confidence …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 5 November]

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GMIT probes failed to interview whistleblower

Posted in Legal issues on June 6th, 2014 by steve

“A whistleblower lecturer who highlighted to superiors an incident of plagiarism at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), was not interviewed as part of two subsequent internal investigations into the scandal, the college has confirmed …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway News, 6 June]

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Higher education institutions ordered to set up whistleblower procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told universities and institutes of technology (IoTs) to set up procedures to protect whistleblowers as a matter of urgency …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 May]

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College investigation – The truth must out

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2013 by steve

“The suggestion that Institute of Technology Tralee president Dr Oliver Murphy will initiate an investigation into how an internal complaint over plagiarism was leaked to the press and, possibly, discipline those involved, underlines the urgency around introducing legislation to protect whistleblowers …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 24 April]

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Whistleblower seeks help to expose ‘bad’ science

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2013 by steve

“A US-based researcher is recruiting a team of fellow scientists to help him run a new website exposing questionable science after legal threats forced him to remove all postings from his existing site …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 10 January]

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