HEA Chairman 'must appear before PAC' on back of chief executive resignation - David Cullinane TD
David Cullinane, Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee, has said today that the resignation of Dr. Graham Love from the HEA amid reports of obfuscation and delay of reform within the agency is a cause for concern.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"The news today that the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority Dr. Graham Love has resigned from his position is troubling, given the issues facing the organisation.
"In the past year the PAC has had to deal with issues of governance and reform within our third level sector.
"We would recognise that there was a real lack of oversight, accountability and governance within the sector.
"This included the late presentation of accounts, issues with the handling of whistle-blowers, question marks over tendering processes, and inaccurate information given to the PAC by accounting officers of higher education institutes.
"The HEA Chairman needs to come before the PAC to explain the circumstances behind the resignation of Dr. Love.
"I have written to the clerk of the PAC requesting that it is put on the agenda for the Committee when it returns next month."