The actions have been brought by Dr Sylvie Lannegrand, Dr Rosin Healy, Dr Margaret Hodgins, and Dr Adrienne Gorman, after their applications for the positions of senior lecturer in various departments were unsuccessful following a promotion process operated by the college between October 2008 and April 2009.
In their actions the four, represented by Marguerite Bolger SC, say they were treated less favourably by NUIG on grounds of their gender and/or family status. There was a significant disparity in the prospect of success of female applicants compared to males in the promotion competition, they claim.
NUIG denies the claims. The college says the actions cannot be argued before the High Court, and the lecturers have no cause of action against it.