Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Third Level Funding
178. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the level of university funding coming from the military-industrial complex has been investigated; his views on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51291/19]
Irish universities are independent and autonomous statutory bodies established under the Universities Act, 1997 which while guaranteeing the principle of academic freedom, also requires detailed institutional level governance arrangements for the management, operation, policies and strategy of the relevant institution to be in place.
The issue raised by the Deputy is therefore a matter in the first instance, for the governing body of the institution as part of its responsibility to ensure that it is conducting its activities consistent with statutory requirements, institutional statutes and the Code of Governance for Irish Universities.