Judge dismisses job application case brought by senior UCC lecturer

Judge dismisses job application case brought by senior UCC lecturer

The High Court has dismissed a challenge taken by a senior lecturer at UCC over the university’s failure to shortlist her for a job interview.

Joan Buckley claimed the selection process was flawed and accused one of her colleagues of bias regarding her application.

The first wave of interviews to hire 10 professors for UCC’s business school got underway earlier this month after the High Court dismissed Joan Buckley’s attempt to have them stopped.

They proceeded on condition no appointments were made pending the outcome of her overall challenge.

Ms Buckley is the head of UCC’s Management and Marketing department, and wanted to be considered for one of the professorial roles.

She was not called for interview and claimed the selection process used was “fundamentally flawed”.

She also accused her colleague Professor Kieran Murphy of demonstrating a bias against her and argued he should not have been allowed on the selection committee.

Today, Ms. Justice Miriam O’Regan ruled against her.

She found no evidence to back up the allegations of bias and did not agree with her claim that the failure to shortlist her, given her credentials, was indicative of a flawed process.

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