Sunday 11 December 2016

Golf club worker unfairly selected for redundancy wins €24k

Gordon Deegan

Published 24/12/2015 | 02:30

The former book-keeper later took an unfair dismissal action against the club to the EAT Stock Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
The former book-keeper later took an unfair dismissal action against the club to the EAT Stock Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A tribunal has ordered a north Dublin golf club to pay €24,000 to a former book-keeper it unfairly dismissed.

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The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) ruled that Donabate Golf Club Ltd make the payment to Betty O'Connor after finding she was unfairly selected for redundancy.

Ms O'Connor later took an unfair dismissal action against the club to the EAT where she claimed that banks were "micro-managing Donabate Golf Club" because it owed €160,000 following a court case.

"The bank were on my back all day, every day to get reports to them," she said.

In 2013, a bank requested Grant Thornton to carry out a review of the feasibility of the Club, which constructed a golf club in 2003 at a cost of €3m.

The club employed 17 and the headcount was reduced by five initially. The bank requested three further redundancies and ultimately the lender agreed on one redundancy.

Ms O'Connor had been in the role for 12 years.

Irish Independent

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