Head of UL’s medical school to step down

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

PROFESSOR Paul Finucane, who was instrumental in establishing the Graduate Entry Medical School in the University of Limerick, is to step down from his role as head of the school when his contract expires next year.

PROFESSOR Paul Finucane, who was instrumental in establishing the Graduate Entry Medical School in the University of Limerick, is to step down from his role as head of the school when his contract expires next year.

The Newcastle West native, who has been involved with the school since its foundation and developed the project since 2004, will finish in the role in August 2012 when his contact expires.

The position is currently being advertised, boasting a salary between €231,653 - €241,539 per annum. The deadline for applications is December 15.

UL president, Professor Don Barry, paid tribute to Finucane, whose tenure he said has seen “major milestones” in the development of Ireland’s first graduate entry medical school successfully achieved and foundations laid for its ongoing evolution.

“We will be sorry when Paul’s tenure as Head of GEMS comes to an end, but he will leave behind a fine legacy of achievement and an excellent foundation for the future of the UL Graduate Entry Medical School that will yield many benefits for medical education in Ireland into the future,” said Professor Barry.

*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader print edition, dated November 5, 2011