Tuesday 17 January 2017

Enable Ireland employee ordered to remove children's photographs from social media

Saurya Cherfi

Published 05/11/2015 | 14:51

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An employee in an Enable Ireland disability centre has been ordered by a judge in the Circuit Civil Court to remove from social media photographs of children allegedly posted without her employer’s or the parents’ permission.

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Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke granted Enable Ireland Disability Services Ltd permanent injunctions against Caroline Sheehan, who works at one of its centres at Sandymount Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin. 

The court heard that Enable Ireland had become aware last month that information coordinator Sheehan had posted pictures of children from the centre on her Twitter account.

Barrister Mary Fay told Judge Groarke, who last week granted interim injunctions including an order directing the removal of photographs, that some pictures had since been removed, but some were still available online.  

Judge Groarke enforced the interim injunctions and granted permanent orders restraining Ms Sheehan from attending or entering the Sandymount centre, and also from interacting with employees and children at the centre.  He also ordered the pictures to be removed.

Ms Fay said the images had been posted without permission from Enable Ireland and/or the children’s parents.  A formal complaint had been made to Twitter. 

Ms Sheehan, with addresses at Tritonville Road, Sandyford, Dublin, and Fingal Street, Rialto, Dublin, had been suspended on full pay pending an investigation on the matter.

The judge heard that Ms Sheehan, when informed of her suspension, had refused to leave the Sandymount Centre, which takes care of more than 400 children and employs 100 people, and had needed to be removed on several occasions with the assistance of An Garda Siochana. 

Ms Fay said Enable Ireland had needed to engage a private security company for its Sandymount centre following the incidents.

Ms Sheehan did not appear in court nor was she legally represented.

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