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Former bar manager at Bohs Football Club awarded €8,700 for unfair dismissal

Ray Managh

Published 25/06/2015 | 13:23

Dalymount Park, home to Bohemian Football Club
Dalymount Park, home to Bohemian Football Club

The former bar manager at the deeply indebted Bohemian Football Club was today granted judgment of €8,700 and costs in the Circuit Civil Court against the club of which he said he had been a lifelong supporter.

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Barrister John Smith said Alan Brady of Carnlough Road, Cabra, Dublin, had been awarded €8,700 compensation by the Employment Appeals Tribunal for unfair dismissal and the money had never been paid.

Mr Smith, who appeared with solicitor Cormac O Ceallaigh for Brady, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane he was seeking enforcement of the Tribunal’s determination and judgment against the club which was not legally represented in court today.

The Club had opposed Brady’s claim at the Employment Appeals Tribunal and had alleged in evidence that he had been made redundant as were a number of other staff in order to cut costs.

Club officials had told the Tribunal that Bohs, as it is best known, was in serious financial difficulty and had not made a profit in the last 10 years.  Mr Brady had been made redundant and his position had not been replaced.

The Tribunal heard the club was now saving €30,000 a year since a decision had been taken to run the bar with voluntary labour together with one part-time employee who received €12:50 an hour.

Brady had claimed that while the club was in financial difficulties the bar had been doing well.  He alleged that one of the directors did not like him showed ill feeling against him.  A former honorary secretary of the club told the Tribunal he had asked many times for proof that the bar had been losing money but nobody ever provided that information.

The Tribunal found that Mr Brady had been unfairly dismissed in December 2011 due to the club’s failure to offer alternative part-time hours to him which had subsequently been offered to another individual.

Only this month Dublin City Council agreed to buy Dalymount Park , the iconic football stadium of the Bohs for €3.8 million from Zurich Bank and the park is likely to be leased by the FAI and sub leased to Bohs.

Bohemians also have debts on the stadium in the region of €500,000.  The Club recently secured a write down of about €1m on its debt to Zurich.

Judge Linnane enforced the Tribunal’s decision and granted judgment to Mr Brady against the club.

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