Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne says he is alarmed by last night’s Prime Time revelations surrounding governance issues at the University of Limerick.

Deputy Byrne added that the Minister for Education Richard Bruton needs to ensure that a review of corporate governance structures is carried out into third level institutions.

He commented, “These revelations are shocking and demonstrate that the University of Limerick misled both the Department of Education and Comptroller and Auditor General during an inquiry into the payment of unauthorised and excessive severance packages to senior managers. It brings into question the effectiveness of the governance structures at third level institutions.

“The whistleblowers that brought this to light are to be commended for their honesty and persistence. It’s clear that the senior leadership who were in place when these concerns were being raised showed a lack of openness and failed to take the necessary steps to address the concerns raised by the whistleblowers. I welcome the fact that a new leadership team is now in place and the focus must be on bringing about a culture change at the university.

“This situation clearly highlights that there is a case to be made for a review of governance structures at third level institutions. Minister Bruton must move to implement such a review without delay. We need certainty that a similar situation cannot occur in the future,” concluded Deputy Byrne.