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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Ex-hospice director tells tribunal she felt bullied

Published 29/06/2013 | 05:00

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A FORMER employee at one of the country's best-known care services, Our Lady's Hospice, has told how she was left in tears at meetings and felt "bullied".

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Colette Bradford (62), who took an unfair dismissals case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal, believes she was "performance managed" out of her four-year €78,000 director of missions post at the organisation, which runs services in Blackrock and Harolds Cross, Dublin.

She told the tribunal she felt "bruised" after her monthly meetings with the chief executive of Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Mo Flynn, and detailed how she broke down in tears on occasion.

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"It was an ongoing process of feeling I had to try hard to justify my existence," she said, adding she came in for frequent criticism but felt she was giving it her "best shot".

Our Lady's Hospice has robustly defended the claims, with senior management telling the tribunal it was a genuine redundancy situation as it struggled with finances.

Hospice barrister James Doherty said the hospice's evidence was that it did not want to hit frontline services and decided to cut two posts.

The tribunal will rule in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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