Former mayor loses plum job with hotel
The former Fianna Fail Lord Mayor of Dublin, Royston Brady, has lost his €70,000 job as general manager of one of Dublin's top hotels and country clubs.
Mr Brady, who trained as a hotelier in the US, parted company with the Roganstown Hotel and Country Club, near Dublin Airport, in July, after joining the hotel in 2008.
Managing director of the hotel, Ian McGuinness, said he had talked to him in March, and that Mr Brady had indicated then he would be leaving the job at the end of May -- when the situation regarding the new Mayor of Dublin position was clarified.
"I believe his focus was elsewhere," said Mr McGuinness. But it then appeared the Mayor of Dublin project had been put on the long finger.
He said Mr Brady was responsible for the hotel end of the business, including weddings, while the business also included a golf course and leisure facilities. In July, Mr McGuinness gave Mr Brady two weeks' notice but after further disagreements he asked him to leave the premises. Mr McGuinness said he had paid Mr Brady for four weeks before he left.
Since vacating his job, Royston Brady has been working on a media campaign for the first direct election of a Lord Mayor of Dublin. Details of his campaign strategy and a letter he wrote to Bertie Ahern last year have been seen by the Sunday Independent.