Mother, daughter to get payout over 'constant bullying'
Published 21/06/2011 | 05:00
A MOTHER and daughter are to be awarded compensation after they detailed a litany of bullying and name-calling by a Kilkenny nursing home boss.
Mary Dunne and her daughter, Erica (23), both from Callan, Co Kilkenny, told the Employment Appeals Tribunal that they were "constantly bullied", which forced them into leaving their jobs at the Avondale Nursing Home in Callan.
Trade union SIPTU said that five other former employees had lodged cases with the tribunal, including claims for unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal against the privately owned nursing home.
An elderly man, who had Alzheimer's and cancer, died at the home in 2005 just weeks after he was strapped to a chair and sustained severe burns from a radiator.
Tribunal chairperson Kate O'Mahony yesterday automatically found they had been constructively dismissed after nursing home director Miriam Holmes failed to appear to offer any defence on three occasions.
A decision on compensation for Mary and Erica Dunne will be made later.
Angela Grimshaw, an employment consultant from Peninsula Business Services, told the tribunal she received a call from Ms Holmes to say she and her daughter "were in Australia on a family matter".