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Second unfair dismissal case against FAI

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Published 05/01/2013 | 05:00

BOSSES at the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have appeared before an employment tribunal, accused of unfair dismissal for a second time in recent weeks.

The FAI, which reached a settlement with a former personal assistant to Packie Bonner last month, faced the Employment Appeals Tribunal again yesterday.

Former FAI development officer Paul Sheridan (pictured) claimed that he was unfairly dismissed from his job when the organisation made redundancies in November 2010.

The tribunal heard that the association recruited for new positions shortly after the redundancies.

Mr Sheridan, who will give evidence later, worked for a time as a coach.

The FAI's human-resources director, Stephen Driver, agreed that it had had "no formal consultation" with individual employees before they were called to a meeting and made redundant on November 24, 2010.

"I believe he (Paul Sheridan) was contacted by a direct manager a day or two before the meeting," Mr Driver said.

Mr Sheridan's salary, with benefits, was about €52,000.

Mr Driver said he was not aware of "any performance issues" with Mr Sheridan.

The case was adjourned by the tribunal until June 5.

Irish Independent

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