Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Department of Education and Skills
Higher Education Authority Staff
247. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on his meeting with the University of Limerick whistleblowers; the feedback provided to them; the course of action he now plans to follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12174/17]
Last month I met with the individuals referred to by the Deputy and they provided me with details regarding their complaints against the University of Limerick(UL). The issues raised have previously been the subject of a review by Mazars into the processes employed by UL to enquire into the allegations. Following that process the HEA have been in contact with UL regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the report, and have been assured by the University that most have been implemented. The HEA is continuing to work with UL on the implementation of the outstanding issues. A facilitator was also appointed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to explore options for facilitation and see if a basis could be found for a resolution to the dispute. This process failed to advance a solution to the issues.
My Department in conjunction with the HEA is continuing to work to find a solution to this highly complex dispute. I have received an update on the issues from my officials and have sought further clarification. I have recently written to the individuals concerned and will issue a more comprehensive reply shortly.