Double jobbing lecturer to pick a pension
THE enterprising lecturer who was double jobbing in colleges in Galway and Athlone will not, after all, qualify for two pensions.
The discovery that Fergal O'Malley was lecturing in Athlone IT and NUI Galway sparked a furore over lax governance standards in the third-level system.
This intensified even further when it was revealed that, in spite of his dismissal, he could qualify for a pension from both former employers.
This has now been reversed in an embarrassing U-turn for the Department of Education.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Independent has also learned that top academics are ignoring government wishes when it comes to their extraordinary pension arrangements.
In Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, NUI Galway and NUI Maynooth, retiring professors are entitled to add 10 years of service to their pensions on retiring.
The perk is "only available to academic and senior administrative grades".
The cost of university pensions to the Exchequer came to just over €93m in 2009.