Top academics under pressure over salary scales

Ireland“The elite group of top academics who share some €50 million in salaries and perks are under intense pressure to take a voluntary pay cut. Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has called on the group – which includes university presidents – to take the cut after the release of the new salary figures to the Irish Federation of University Teachers under the Freedom of Information Act. The Higher Education Authority is investigating the exceptional payments made to several senior academics. The figures, published in the Irish Independent, reveal that UCD vice-president for research, Professor Des Fitzgerald receives a package of over €400,000 per year. Prof Tom Begley, the dean of UCD’s business school, receives a basic salary of €250,000. …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 March]

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