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Written Answers - Third Level Staff

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 209.  Deputy Anne Ferris Information on Anne Ferris Zoom on Anne Ferris  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will provide a breakdown of all unauthorised allowances to each of the senior academics for the 2005 to 2011 period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23740/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I would like to refer the Deputy to the letter from the Secretary General of my Department to the Public Accounts Committee of 28 November 2011.

The letter states that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has conducted an exercise to determine definitively the quantum of monies at issue in respect of unauthorised payments to senior staff in each of the universities. The exercise encompassed payments made in respect of all post-holders in the university sector comprehended by the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector between June 2005 and February 2011 inclusive.

The following table sets out the extent of unauthorised allowances based on information provided to the HEA by each university. The amounts identified in each case should be treated as provisional. They are currently being verified by the Office of Comptroller and Auditor [373]General (C&AG) to test the completeness and accuracy of the calculations produced. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide the information in the format requested by the Deputy as this exercise has not been finalised and presented to the Public Accounts Committee. It is hoped that this will be completed soon.

Table
UCD €3,583,000
UCC €1,526,000
NUIG €578,000
NUIM €272,000
TCD €1,383,000
UL €448,000
DCU €53,000

Question No. 210 answered with Question No. 200.


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