Injunction granted to DIT academic


A senior academic at the Dublin Institution of Technology (DIT) has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing it bringing disciplinary proceedings against him.

Michael Mulvey, director of academic affairs and registrar, is also seeking orders and declarations against DIT including that a decision of its president, Prof Brian Norton, to initiate disciplinary procedures is unreasonable.

He claims Prof Norton has predetermined the inquiry's outcome. He claims DIT has acted in breach of constitutional and natural justice in not giving him precise details of the alleged disciplinary complaints against him.

In an affidavit, Mr Mulvey said a dispute had arisen with the DIT over a 2011 cost-saving proposal by him to move the staff teaching and training unit, the Learning Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC), from Mount Street to Rathmines. Arising from that dispute, disciplinary procedures were initiated against him. He claims these are unfair and driven by a Teachers' Union of Ireland campaign to thwart the moving of the LTTC.

His application for an injunction was granted by Mr Justice Michael Peart and made returnable to January 23rd.