Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (90)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

90. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has issued directives or been in contact with universities or institutes of technology with regard to technology projects by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4858/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Universities and Institutes of Technology are autonomous institutions within the meaning of the relevant legislation, the Universities Act 1997 and the Institutes of Technology Act 1992 to 2006. The management of their day to day functions, including partnership agreements they may have entered into, are matters for individual institutions in the first instance.

HEI partnerships with companies would be overseen by appropriate institutional governance arrangements, national IP Protocols and associated policies. My Department has not issued any directives to the institutions in relation to this company.