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UL exam results and severance pay issues require further investigation - David Cullinane TD

24 January, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD, said today that the University of Limerick must engage with the outstanding issues affecting its reputation, adding that the PAC will not be moving on
Deputy Cullinane said:
“I am not satisfied with the President’s answers in the PAC today.
“A whistleblower in the University of Limerick came forward in 2017 to the author of the Thorn Report and raised concerns over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years.
“This whistleblower was considered a credible witness by Dr. Thorn.
“The University is satisfied that the issue has been resolved; the whistleblower, however, is not.
“We believe that an independent examination needs to be undertaken.
It is not possible for UL to draw a line under these issues while the potential for litigation is there.
“In a separate matter, we know that documents were created by persons with UL to give an impression that payments were due to other individuals. This is extremely serious.
“Indeed, the Comptroller and Auditor General himself said that were this the private sector, he would have ‘walked away’ from this audit such is the gravity of the issues he uncovered.
“As a corporate body, UL has a less than stellar record in its appearances before the PAC.
“I acknowledge the openness of the current president but at the same time we cannot pretend that it is possible to draw a line under these issues while the potential for litigation from former students who were given lower degrees than they deserved is there.
“It is also not possible to move on from a severance pay issue that runs to hundreds of thousands of euro and it appears was based on made-up documents.
“We need proper accountability within the third level sector; it needs to start here.”

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