Kevin Myers: It is madness that public-service absenteeism is an accepted norm
Bridget Sweeney (left) and Frances Carew.
LET me outline two rather revealing employment disputes in the public sector. The first concerns a teacher, Bridget Sweeney, who was awarded €88,000 damages after a court heard that the principal of Ballinteer Community School had employed private detectives to check on her movements over a four-day period in 2008. That, naturally, got the headlines: less visible was the background to the head's action.
Bridget Sweeney was a fulltime "home-school co-ordinator" -- and no, I've no idea what such a job consists of. Apparently, not always a great deal. Between 2005 and 2007, Sweeney alleged that she was bullied. This complaint was investigated, but not sustained, by an independent barrister.