Tuesday 27 September 2016

College staff ‘with no formal role ’ paid €72,000-a-year

Published 24/09/2015 | 15:42

Limerick Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology

Three staff at a third level college received €216,000 a year in salary payments between them – despite having no clear role.

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The staff did not have any defined duties following the amalgamation of the Tipperary Institute into Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in September 2011, according to Comptroller & Auditor General Seamus McCarthy.

Mr McCarthy told TDs the staff were deemed surplus to requirements, but remained employed by LIT.

“The cost for those staff to date has been €627,000 of which €216,000 was incurred in the year ended August 31, 2014,” he told a session of the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee.

“They have an approved level of staffing and these are above that level. In this case they have no work.

“They are obviously doing something but they have no formal assignment in the institute.”

One committee member, Independent TD Shane Ross, described the disclosure as 'crackers' and 'bananas'.

The matter came to light when the institute’s accounts for 2014 were laid before the Oireachtas.

Mr McCarthy said he didn’t know what the staff were doing now and said he had to be careful not to identify them.

The C&AG added: “I think it is relatively unusual. It does happen where organisations are amalgamated that people become surplus to requirements.

“Generally then what happens is they would be transferred to other organisations that can use their skills.”

Independent.ie understands that while there was a period where the staff had no defined duties, this has since been resolved.

In a statement LIT said: “Arising from the integration of Tipperary Institute into LIT, a five year integration process for redeployment of staff was immediately undertaken and is completed as of the start of the current academic year, 12 months ahead of schedule.”

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