Thursday 17 April 2014

Defector TD's wife settles legal action

Deirdre Keaveney wife of Labour deputy for Galway East Colm Keaveney
Picture By David Conachy  22/8/2012
Deirdre Keaveney wife of Colm Keaveney. Photo: David Conachy

THE wife of Labour defector TD Colm Keaveney has agreed an out-of-court settlement with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

Deirdre Keaveney took legal action against the charity after she was one of a number of staff made redundant in 2010 as part of a cost-cutting programme.

She had worked for several years for the charity as a regional manager based in its office in Tuam in Galway.

The case was listed for hearing at the Galway Circuit Court last month but it was settled out of court.

It is understood the case was settled with no admission of liability by either party. Both have agreed to abide by a confidentiality agreement. The Circuit Court deals with cases where the sums at stake range from €6,348 up to €38,000.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind has refused to provide any details about the settlement with Ms Keaveney, saying that it does not comment on individual cases.

The charity has a high public profile, particularly due to its close relationship with new Republic of Ireland coach Roy Keane.

Ms Keaveney had worked as Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind's regional manager in the West and Midlands and was based in its office in Tuam, Co Galway. But the charity closed this office in 2010 as part of a nationwide cost-cutting programme.

Ms Keaveney, who worked in the Tuam office, was one of four regional managers made redundant. In total, seven staff posts were cut.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind now runs all its fundraising operations from its Cork headquarters.

Ms Keaveney previously hit the headlines when it emerged she had worked part time for her husband as his parliamentary assistant for a year.

Both she and her husband declined to comment on the court case.

Irish Independent

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