Follow-Up Review Arising from the Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

By Diarmuid Slattery

Posted: 12 February, 2018

University of Limerick

In November 2017 the HEA published Dr Richard Thorn’s report on his independent review of certain matters and allegations relating to the University of Limerick. On the basis of Dr Thorn’s report and its findings, the HEA announced it  would establish a further review arising from the recommendation made in Section 6.2.9 in Dr Thorn’s report. This additional review, also to be carried out by Dr Thorn, would focus on the rehire and consultancy arrangements for certain members of staff who received severance packages from UL and whose cases are discussed elsewhere in the report.


Dr Thorn has now completed this follow-up review and submitted his report to the HEA. As a number of individuals who are discussed in this follow-up report are currently involved in High Court proceedings against UL, the HEA has decided that the report and its findings should not be published as the matters relating to these persons are currently sub judice. On the basis of Dr Thorn’s findings the HEA is satisfied that no further action is required apart from the ongoing requirement for UL to fully implement the recommendations made by Dr Thorn’s first report and other UL internal audit reports.

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