Tuesday 23 May 2017

A spotlight on the inner workings of Irish Rail

A court battle threatens to turn messy as a former HR director and his boss trade accusations, writes Maeve Sheehan

ON December 3 John Keenan was told to clear his desk at Irish Rail, where he had been director of human resources for 15 years, triggering a High Court action that has once again put the inner workings of the State transport company under an uncomfortably public spotlight.

Mr Keenan made allegations that the potential fraud losses in the group were being played down by the company, while in a series of counter allegations, Mr Keenan was accused of spying on employees by accessing emails and monitoring bank accounts.

The extraordinary claims -- denied by both sides -- emerged when Mr Keenan applied to the High Court on Friday for an injunction lifting his suspension from the firm.

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