A TEAM of three international academics have been appointed to oversee an internal investigation into allegations made by 26 staff members at IT Tralee that the chairman of the college's board, former Fianna Fail County Councillor Flan Garvey, plagiarised sections of his master's dissertation.
Late last year 26 staff members at IT Tralee signed a letter which was sent to the board of IT Tralee alleging that Mr Garvey had plagiarised sections of the "Study of a Saoícht of a Parish in Co Clare" Masters of Arts Dissertation he completed at IT Tralee in 2008.
Mr Garvey, who has temporarily stepped aside from his position as chairman until an investigation is complete, has denied the allegation and said he intends to robustly defend himself against the allegation.
In a letter which was sent to all academic staff at IT Tralee last week College President Dr Oliver Murphy said the college has reached an agreement with Quality and Qualification Ireland, the independent body who oversee all such matters, about the appointment of three academics to oversee an investigation into an allegation of plagiarism.
The letter does not specifically name or identify Flan Garvey but it is understood to refer to the allegations made against him.