Tuesday 26 September 2017

New university president warns staff to prepare for further revelations in whistleblower controversy

University of Limerick (Stock photo)
University of Limerick (Stock photo)
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The new president of the University of Limerick (UL) has told staff to prepare for further revelations in the whistle-blower controversy that has hit the college.

Prof Des Fitzgerald addressed staff at a series of meetings on the campus over the past week.

Meanwhile, a review into the governance, HR and financial practices and procedures at UL has been announced by Education Minister Richard Bruton.

It will be conducted by Mr Richard Thorn, President Emeritus of Sligo Institute of Technology, and overseen by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). It is expected to report by September 30.

The issues at UL go back a number of years and have already been the subject of a review by consultants’ Mazars, which were appointed by the HEA.

It centres around a number of protected disclosures and other complaints about expenses claims and other financial transactions received from employees and former employees of the University.

Efforts, to date, to bring the matter to conclusion have failed and, when Prof Fitzgerald took office last week, he contacted the Department of Education seeking an independent review.

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