€1.2m bill for taxpayers as DCU loses dismissal case

Posted in Legal issues on December 11th, 2009 by steve

“Taxpayers face a legal bill of €1.2m after Dublin City University lost a three-year court battle to dismiss an associate professor. And taxpayers could also be saddled with a compensation bill for the academic over the damage done to his reputation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 11 December]

(The Supreme Court opinion is available here.)

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Lengthy college dismissal case may cost taxpayer €2m plus

Posted in Legal issues on July 12th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A landmark Supreme Court case over the dismissal of a university lecturer could end up costing the taxpayer more than €2m, it is believed. The case taken by DCU against one of its own employees – Professor Paul Cahill – followed a High Court judgment two years ago, which found the college should not have dismissed him. In the aftermath of that case, DCU decided to take its case to the Supreme Court to prove it had every right to fire the associate professor …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Sunday Tribune, 12 July]

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Fury at DCU’s ‘excessive’ staff row legal fees

Posted in Legal issues on July 12th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has spent €727,099 on legal fees in the past three years, most of it on disputes involving staff. The cash-strapped college, headed by Ferdinand von Prondzynski, an expert in labour law, spent €476,506 in legal fees in 2007 alone, according to figures partly obtained under the Freedom of Information act. The year before it spent €54,634 and in 2008 the bill came to €195,959. No up-to-date figures are available for 2009 but the university claims that they are not as high as previous years …” (more)

[Stephen Dunne, Sunday Times, 12 July]

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