130 UCC staff paid more than €100,000
OVER 130 staff at an Irish university were being paid more than €100,000 last year.
Eleven academics and administrators at University College Cork were paid over €200,000 while 29 senior staff earned over €175,000, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The salary bill for UCC came to €16.8m in the academic year that ended in the summer of 2010, with the university's president, Prof Michael Murphy, being paid between €225,000 and €240,000.
UCC last night confirmed that the salary figures were accurate, but stressed that it had already reduced the remuneration of senior management in line with the recommendations of the Public Sector Commission.
But a spokesman was unable to say precisely what salary cuts had already been imposed.
The college also pointed out that it was one of the south's largest employers with a total of 2,747 employees.
Ciaran Lynch, a local government TD, said he was astonished by details of the breakdown on UCC salary rates.
Student registration fees for colleges for the upcoming academic year have jumped to €2,000 from €1,500 last year.
"It really does beg the question about whether we can justify such salaries given the pressure that ordinary families are under," Mr Lynch said.