Protest at Dail Eireann over UL whistleblowers case

Group supported by deputies Willie O'Dea and Niall Collins

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Protest at Dail Eireann over UL whistleblowers case

Former UL staff attended protest outside the Dail to highlight the case of two women, suspended with pay, from the finance department for over 17 months

FORMER staff of the University of Limerick attended a protest outside the Dail this Wednesday to highlight the case of two women, suspended with pay, from the finance department for over 17 months.

They were supported outside the Dail by deputies Willie O'Dea and Niall Collins, who previously raised their case in the Dail.

The women remain anxious to be reinstated in their positions, and clear their good names, after claiming that they raised concerns regarding a number of financial practices, including the payment of expenses to certain members of staff, and other issues.

UL, however, maintains that the women stand accused of making a ‘malicious complaint’ against a colleague, a charge the employees vehemently deny.

A UL spokesperson said that there are currently two claims before the Workplace Relations Commission regarding these employees and that the university is co-operating fully with this process. 

Attempting to resolve the situation has cost the Higher Education Authority nearly €80,000 to date, and the matter has been passed to the Department of Education.