Call for Academic Gathering To Defend Academic Freedom

From Paddy Healy, Former President TUI, Lecturer in Physics, Former member of Governing Body and Academic Council of DIT, 086-4183732. Full information on my Blog.

This call is being made by 160 academics across many Irish third level institutions. Signatures are appended to the call.

The Gathering will take place on Saturday, next, January 22, at 2pm in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin.

Links to relevant discussion material are carried below the signatures.

Please distribute this call to colleagues.


Call for Academic Gathering To Defend Academic Freedom


There is now a serious threat to academic freedom, Irish scholarship and indeed, Irish democracy, arising from the proposed implementation of the Croke Park Deal in third level institutions. The right to permanency and tenure to retirement age is the bedrock on which academic freedom rests. This is now under threat.

The imposition of managerialist structures and business models is to be greatly intensified. These proposals have far wider consequences than worsening of conditions of service though this is extremely serious and related to the above matters.

We, the undersigned, call for a public gathering open to all academics on Saturday, next, Jan 22 to express opposition to these threats and to inform the public of their consequences.


Professor Tom Garvin (Retired), Political Science, UCD
Professor Jim McKernan, College Of Education, University of East Carolina
Professor (Emeritus) J.J. A. Heffron, MRIA, (Former Governing Body Member, UCC, Former Chairman, NUI Convocation), Department of Biochemistry UCC
Professor Steve Hedley, Department of Law, UCC
An tOllamh Matt Hussey, Emeritus, Iar-stiúrithóir, Dámh na hEolaiochta, DIT
Dr Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies, UCD
Dr Helena Sheehan, Professor Emeritus, DCU
Dr Cathy Leeney, Lecturer in Drama Studies, UCD
Professor Gary Henehan, Head of School of Food Science and Environmental Health, DIT
Prof. Theresa Urbainczyk, School of Classics, UCD
Professor Luke Gibbons, NUI Maynooth
Professor Emeritus Stephen Mennell, School of Sociology, UCD
Prof Graham Allen, Modern English, UCC
Dr John Waddell, MRIA, Professor of Archaeology, NUI Galway
Professor William O’Brien, Archaeology, UCC
An tOllamh Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, Professor of Old and Middle Irish, NUIG
An tOllamh Alan Titley, Gaeilge, UCC
Mary Gallagher, Associate Professor of French Studies, UCD
Dr Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Professor of Psychology, NUI Maynooth
Dr Anne Lodge, Principal, Church of Ireland College of Education
Dr Lillis Ó Laoire, Ceann Scoil na dTeangacha na Litríochtaí agus na gCultúr, Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh
Peter Smith, Emeritus Professor, Microbiology , NUI Galway
Prof. Dr. Peter Herrmann, Director, ESOSC, UCC
Professor Eileen Drew, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD
Professor Michael Cronin MRIA (Dublin City University)
Dr Thomas Unger, Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD
Dr Kevin Farrell, Lecturer in Computing, IT Blanchardstown
Dr. Paul O’Brien, Lecturer, Aesthetics / Cultural Theory, NCAD
Dr Colman Etchingham, Dept of History, NUI Maynooth
Marnie Holborow, Lecturer, DCU
Enda F. Fallon, Senior Lecturer in Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics, NUIG
Dr. Brendan Guilfoyle, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tralee
Dr Marie-Annick Desplanques, Dept of Folklore & Ethnology / Roinn an Bhéaloidis, UCC
Dr John Cunningham, Lecturer in History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
Dr. Justin Carville, Lecturer, Historical & Theoretical Studies in Photography, IADT Dun Laoghaire
Dr Hugh Gibbons, Lecturer in Computing, TCD
Michael Mary Murphy, Lecturer in Management, Music Industry, IADT Dún Laoghaire
dr Claas Roever, Lecturer in Mathematics, NUIG
Madeeha Khalid, Lecturer in Mathematics, St Patricks College, Drumcondra
Dr Russell Higgs, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD
Dr Elaine Sisson, Senior Lecturer, School of Creative Arts, IADT
Dr Deirdre Curran, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway
Dr Kevin Mellon, Engineering Lecturer, IT Blanchardstown
Dr. Kevin Ryan, School of Political Science & Sociology, NUIG
Rónán Kennedy, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr Díóg O Connell, Lecturer, IADT Dún Laoghaire
Dr. James O’Shea, School of Philosophy, UCD
Dr. Maeve Connolly, Lecturer in Film and Animation, IADT Dún Laoghaire
Dore Fischer, Lecturer in German and Intercultural Studies, School of Languages, DIT
Dr. Josephine A. Boland, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, NUIG
Dr. Tom Andrews, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC
Dr Shane Whelan, Actuary, UCD School of Mathematical Sciences
Dr Donncha Kavanagh, Senior Lecturer in Management, UCC
Dr David Millar, Research Associate, Educational Research Centre, St Patricks College, Drumcondra
Dr Timothy Mooney, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, UCD
An Dochtúir Stiofán Ó Cadhla Ceann Roinne, Roinn an Bhéaloidis, Folklore, Ethnology, UCC
Dr John O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Civil Engineering, UCD
Alan Gilmer, Department of Environment and Planning, DIT Bolton Street
Dr Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn, Director, Maths Learning Centre, DCU
Lisa McElligott, Lecturer, IT Tralee
Dr. Paul Michael Garrett, School of Political Science & Sociology, NUI Galway
Dr Javier Aramayona, Lecturer in Mathematics, NUI Galway
Ann Shine, Lecturer, IT Tralee
Dr Jürgen Uhlich, Lecturer in Early Irish, TCD
James Carberry, Lecturer in Culinary Arts, College or Arts and Tourism, DIT
Dr. Sarah Parlane, School of Economics, UCD
Alice Feldman, Lecturer, UCD School of Sociology
Paddy Healy, Lecturer in Physics, Former President, TUI
Frank Bannister, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD
Teresa Wills, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC
Dr. Mary C. Booth, Lecturer in Biotechnology and Toxicology, Athlone IT
Peter Murray, Lecturer in Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Geraldine O’Donnell, Phd Student, UCD School of Geography & Environmental Policy
Dr Parvaneh Mokarian-Tabari, Post DoctoralResearcher, Department of Chemistry UCC
Dr. Brian Hanley, Lecturer in History, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
Dr James Fairhead, Department of Management & Marketing, UCC
Dr Detta Dickinson, Department of Mathematics, NUI Maynooth
Dr Paul Farrell, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Gabriel Corcoran, Lecturer in Engineering, DIT, Bolton St
Mary Rose Day, Lecturer in Nursing, UCC
Geraldine Mernagh, Lecturer in Education and Literacy, WIT
Dr Holger Falter, Lecturer, School of Architecture, Lanscape and Civil Engineering,UCD
Dr. Loranne Vallely, Equality Officer, IT Carlow
Jacinta McKeon, Lecturer in Second Language Education, UCC
Pat Ahern, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr. Frank M. Flanagan, Senior lecturer in Education (retd.), Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
Denis Manley, Lecturer in Computing, DIT
Dr Paul Robinson, Mathematics Lecturer, IT Tallaght, Dublin
Dr. Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Psychology, NUIM
Ciaran Taylor, Lecturer of Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Matt Diskin, Lecturer in Communications, IT Carlow
Donal O’Toole, Lecturer Electronic Engineering, IT Tallaght
Susanna Nocchi, Lecturer, School of Languages, DIT
Gerald Mills, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, UCD
Alec Quinn, Lecturer in Construction, Limerick Institute of Technology
Antonio Cafolla, Lecturer in Music, Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT
Tony Hanlon, Lecturer in Languages & Interpersonal Communications, IT Tralee
Dr. Ray Lynch, Lecturer in Computer Engineering, DIT
Anne Murphy, Lecturer in Business Information Systems, IT Blanchardstown
Dr. Sue Norton, Lecturer in English, DIT
Fiona Broderick, Lecturer in Languages, IT Tallaght
Dr. Roland Erne, Lecturer in International & Comparative Employment Relations, School of Business, UCD
Claus Derenda, Lecturer in German, English, Communications, IT Carlow
Simon Quinn, Lecturer in Accounting & Finance, IT Tralee
Katherine West, Head of Department of Art & Design, GMIT
Paul Tobin, Distinguished Author, Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, DIT
Patrick Campbell, Lecturer, Letterkenny IT
Dr. David Brancaleone, Lecturer, Critical and Contextual Studies (Fine Art), Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick IT
Dr. Sabina Stan, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Nursing, DCU
Pamela Sharkey Scott, Lecturer, DIT, Aungier St
Stephen Wright, Lecturer in Computing, Letterkenny IT
James McGivern, Lecturer in Engineering, Galway-Mayo IT
Kevin O’Farrell, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, DIT
Dr Mary Roche, Department of Geography, UCC
Dr Cora Stack, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Dr Rossen Ivanov, Lecturer in Mathematics, DIT
Bernie Sherlock, Lecturer in Music, DIT
Antaine Ó Faracháin, Léachtoir i nGaeilge, DIT
Dr James Walsh, Lecturer in Physics, DIT
Mary Reid, Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, GMIT
Richard Heywood Jones, Lecturer in Economics and Entrepreneurship, DIT
Ita Coghlan, Lecturer in Leisure & Event Management, DIT
Dr S Harris, Lecturer, School of Languages, DIT
Maggie Ronayne, Head of Archaeology (Acting), NUI Galway
Nora Ni Fhlatharta Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Limerick IT
Mary Gilmartin, Lecturer in Geography, NUI Maynooth
Micheál O Fearghaíl , Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, DIT
Dr Debra Fern Laefer, Lecturer in School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering, UCD
Piaras Mac Einri, Lecturer, Department of Geography UCC, Member of Governing Body
Martin Marjoram, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Dr. Paula Gilligan, IADT Dun Laoghaire
Dr Clare O’Halloran, School of History, UCC
Pat McCormack, Head of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dundalk IT
Dr Michael Carr, Lecturer in Mathematics, DIT Bolton St
Dr David O’Brien, Lecturer in Physics, DIT
Dr Laurence Cox, Lecturer in Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Dr Kelly Davidson, Lecturer in Humanities, IADT, Dun Laoghaire
Dr Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte, Lecturer in Biosciences, IT Carlow
James Murphy, Programme Chairman, Department of Bar & Meat Management, DIT
Martin O’Grady, Lecturer in Psychology, IT Tralee
Barry McIntyre, Lecturer in Marketing, Dún Laoire IADT
Dr Tom Dooley, Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dundalk IT
Dr. Aude Doody, Lecturer in Classics, School of Classics, UCD
Dr Emer Nolan Dept of English, NUI Maynooth
Dr Joe Power, Lecturer in Pharmacology, Waterford Institute of Technology
Frank Doyle, Lecturer in Computing, DIT
Dr Katherine O’Donnell, Director, Womens Studies Centre, UCD
Dr Diarmuid Ó Sé, Senior Lecturer,Computing and Networking Department, IT Carlow
Dr Pauline Mellon, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD
Ms Irene McCormick, Media lecturer, IT Carlow
Dr. Crystal Fulton, School of Information and Library Studies, UCD
Dr Barbara Bradby, Department of Sociology,TCD
Edward Conlon, Assistant Head of Deparment of Engineering Sciences and General Studies, DIT Bolton St
Dr Seán L’Estrange, School of Sociology, UCD
Dr Féilim Ó hAdhmaill, School Applied Social Studies, UCC
Oliver Whelan, Artist, Lecturer in Painting, NCAD
Christina Haywood, Lecturer and Curator of the Classical Museum, UCD School of Classics
Dr Robert Fourie, Lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences, UCC
Mike FitzGibbon, Lecturer, Food Business and Development Department, UCC
Jim Roche, Lecturer in Architecture, DIT Bolton St
Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan, Lecturer, Applied Social Studies
Dr Colin Coulter, Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Pat Hannon, Lecturer in Radio, School of Media, DIT
Dr Gavan Titley, Lecturer in Media Studies, NUI Maynooth
Mick O’Broin, Phd student, TCD
Patricia McCann, Lecturer in Business, GMIT
Dr. Jeannine Woods, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge,Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh


Paddy Healy, Will Irish Third Level Institutions be Irretrievably Damaged like the Banks before anybody blows the whistle?

Professor Tom Garvin, Grey Philistines Taking Over Our Universities

Professor Jim McKernan, Recent Message in Defence of Academic Freedom and Tenure

Professor Steve Hedley, School of Law, UCC, Managerialism in Irish Universities

Simon Head, The Grim Threat to British Universities (from Frank Bannister TCD)

Colin Coulter NUIM, Factory Farms for the Mind

Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, Academic tenure in the Universities Act, 1997


4 Responses to “Call for Academic Gathering To Defend Academic Freedom”

  1. […] Call for Academic Gathering To Defend Academic Freedom (via Ninth Level Ireland) January 19, 2011 Paddy Healy Leave a comment Go to comments From Paddy Healy, Former President TUI, Lecturer in Physics, Former member of Governing Body and Academic Council of DIT, 086-4183732. Full information on my Blog. This call is being made by 160 academics across many Irish third level institutions. Signatures are appended to the call. The Gathering will take place on Saturday, next, January 22, at 2pm in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin. Links to relevant discussion material are carried below the signat … Read More […]

  2. […] Irish academic news resource website, 9thlevelireland, yesterday carried a letter signed by 160 academics calling for a meeting to discuss threats, as the signatories see it, to […]

  3. Sean O Nuallain Says:

    A chairde

    The horse bolted some time ago. Had DCU called a strike in 2002, when there was unanimous support for it as expressed at a union general meeting, this situation might have been resolved within the traditional structures.

    Instead, SIPTU went behind its members’ back and cut a deal with management that, ironically, management failed to honour. It is also ironic that one of SIPTU’s “negotiators” of this tainted deal is attending this meeting

    We have found out the hard way there are only two messages that Irish university management hear; threats of strikes and supreme court rulings. Talk is just assimilated into their narrative

    The academic freedom issue that is currently urgent is how to stop privatization of the web

    Is mise, le meas


  4. Great site. Plenty of useful info here. I’m sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks for your sweat!

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