Judge gives landlord a week to halt Covid-19 parties near UCC

Posted in Legal issues on July 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A landlord has been given a week by a judge to halt students from holding Covid-19 lockdown parties at two of his properties near University College Cork. Two local residents took private prosecutions against Fachtna O’Reilly (80), a retired lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology, alleging noise pollution …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 11 July]

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The possibility of schools being legally liable if staff or pupils contract coronavirus on the premises has not been ruled out

Posted in Legal issues on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The possibility of schools being legally liable if staff or pupils contract coronavirus on the premises has not been ruled out. Seán Ó’Foglú, secretary general of the Department of Education, told the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee today that he could neither ‘confirm nor deny’ that such an eventuality could become a legal matter for schools …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 July]

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Landlord ‘has turned blind eye’ to concerns of residents near UCC

Posted in Legal issues on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The landlord who owns two of the student houses near University College Cork, which have been dubbed ‘Covid Party House’ and ‘Party Central’, was found by a district judge to have turned a blind eye to the concerns of residents. After hearing an environmental complaint by residents against the landlord for two hours today, Judge Olann Kelleher said he accepted the evidence of the residents …” (more)

[Liam Heyliny, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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UCC and Cork residents welcome Supreme Court ruling on 2009 floods

Posted in Legal issues on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Barry Keane, one of the many residents along Cork City’s Mardyke whose homes were flooded in 2009, welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling as ‘a great result for people whose homes were so dreadfully damaged’ …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 9 July]

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Supreme Court finds ESB was negligent concerning flood damage at UCC campus

Posted in Legal issues on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has ruled the ESB was guilty of negligence concerning extensive flood damage to buildings on the campus of University College Cork (UCC) after floods affected Cork city in 2009. UCC’s action over the damage is among about 400 sets of proceedings initiated against the ESB arising from the flooding …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 8 July]

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College settles legal action over Book of Kells

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has settled a High Court action which was taken by the company which sells tickets for the Book of Kells exhibition in the Old Library, the Times reported yesterday. Future Ticketing, a Tullamore based company, has run the ticketing system for the exhibition since 2016. The company had alleged that a new four-year contract to run the ticketing operation had been wrongly awarded …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 6 July]

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Cork residents’ environmental complaint against landlord adjourned

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The environmental complaint by residents against a landlord for the noise allegedly caused by students at his properties near University College Cork was brought before Cork District Court today …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 July]

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Landlord due in court over noise complaints linked to properties near UCC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A landlord with property in Cork’s university precinct has been summoned to appear in court on Friday on foot of noise complaints. Long-term residents in estates near University College Cork (UCC) have made specific complaints under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 in relation to noise disturbance from two properties, both of which are owned by the landlord …” (more)

[Eoin English, Breaking News.ie, 2 July]

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Colleges have ‘no record’ of sexual violence despite alarming survey results

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities in Ireland do not know how much sexual violence is happening on their campuses, despite evidence that one in three female students has been forced or coerced into having sex …” (more)

[Ellen Coyne, Independent, 30 June]

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Universities Have Been Too Slow to Tackle Sexual Misconduct on Their Campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, the results of a survey conducted by NUI Galway and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) showed us what many students unfortunately already know – sexual harassment and assault are scarily common on campuses …” (more)

[University Times, 28 June]

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University ordered to pay €60,000 to employee with OCD who had fear of using toilet

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A university here has been ordered to pay €60,000 for discriminating against an employee who had significant anxiety over contamination from using work toilets. The woman has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudication Officer, Maria Kelly has found that the university failed to make reasonable accommodation for the woman’s disability and that she was discriminated against on the grounds of her disability …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 June]

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Arresting students will stop parties, says CIT president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Arrests and charges could help put a stop to some of the lockdown house party activity that has been blighting communities near Cork’s third-level institutions, the president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) said …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Referendum result on extending Seanad vote may be put into effect after 41 years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally give effect to the result could be among the first Bills debated if a new government is formed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Three in 10 female students experience non-consensual sex at college

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three out of 10 female students experience non-consensual sex during their time at college, as a national survey reveals high levels of sexual violence and harassment in higher education. One in 10 male students, and 28% of non- binary students, also reported experiencing non-consensual penetration, either through force or threat of force or while incapacitated and unable to give consent …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Accommodation Won’t be Denied to Any Scholar Next Year, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has said that accommodation in College ‘will not be denied to any Scholar’ who wants it next year, but said Trinity is asking Scholars to forfeit their right to free accommodation ‘in the interest of the overall community’ …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 18 June]

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Scholars’ Accommodation Decision ‘In No Way Challenges’ Statutes, College Says

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has reacted angrily to the suggestion that its decision not to make first-round accommodation offers to Scholars based in Dublin contravened the College’s statutes, saying it regretted how the Scholars had responded to the matter …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 June]

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Denying Dublin-Based Scholars Rooms Goes Against Statutes, Provost Told

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Scholars tonight denounced Trinity’s move to restrict places in its accommodation next year – a decision that could deny some Dublin-based Scholars a room on campus or in Halls – as well as arguing it puts College in conflict with its own statutes …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 June]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Maintaining trust in university data handling

Posted in Legal issues on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“How do organisations use our data? We’re living in a world of surveillance capitalism in which our activities are analysed in the interests of a corporation, and we hope to get some benefit back. More personalised content, for example, or more relevant information. Perhaps the occasional freebie. In education, the flow is significantly different …” (more)

[Andrew Cormack, Wonkhe, 15 June]

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Will the pandemic force universities to address the challenges of copyright?

Posted in Legal issues on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Higher education policies related to copyright and teaching have rarely been given much management attention in UK universities. There is still considerable uncertainty about what material can legally be included in online courses, and many institutions struggle to communicate the complex world of copyright and licensing to their staff and students …” (more)

[Chris Morrison and Jane Secker, Wonkhe, 16 June]

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