Friday 23 June 2017

TD's fiancée loses High Court challenge over tribunal report

Sarah Comiskey sought court orders redacting certain parts of the EAT’s determination, including that she and Mr Conlan were the cause of work-related stress to his former secretarial assistant Cathy Shevlin
Sarah Comiskey sought court orders redacting certain parts of the EAT’s determination, including that she and Mr Conlan were the cause of work-related stress to his former secretarial assistant Cathy Shevlin

Tim Healy

The fiancée of Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan has failed in a High Court bid to have references to her blacked out in an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) finding that the politician breached his former secretary's employments rights.

Sarah Comiskey (inset below) sought court orders redacting certain parts of the EAT's determination, including that she and Mr Conlan were the cause of work-related stress to his former secretarial assistant Cathy Shevlin.

Mr Conlan was ordered to pay Ms Shevlin €25,000 following an unfair dismissal case.

Ms Comiskey, who is a barrister, yesterday brought judicial review proceedings against the EAT. The tribunal's determination stated the cause of Ms Shevlin's work-related stress "lay with both Mr Conlan and SC". She claimed the EAT did not have jurisdiction to make such a determination and that the finding had damaged her professional reputation. Dismissing the case, Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley said Ms Comiskey had no standing in law to bring the claim.

Irish Independent

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