A KERRY construction company has been convicted and fined €3,000 for breaching a Labour Court order directing it to pay over €38,000 in employees' pension contributions.
The case against John Galvin Roofing and Building Contractors Ltd, with a registered office at Tulligbeg, Killorglin, was brought by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
The matter was heard by Judge Leo Malone at a special sitting of Killorglin District Court last Friday. No representative from the company, which has gone into liquidation, was present in court.
Paul O'Brien, a Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment official, told the court that they became aware in April 2008 that John Galvin Roofing and Building Contractors Ltd had not paid €38,164 in employees' pension contributions.
Mr O'Brien said the company, when initially approached, had cooperated, however when efforts were made to get payment from the firm, "all contact was lost".
The matter then went before the Labour Court in January 2011, where an order was made for payment to be made. The company was not represented at the Labour Court hearing and to date no payment has been made.
The court heard that the company has gone into liquidation but has yet to be wound up.
Judge Malone convicted John Galvin Roofing and Building Contractors of breaching the Labour Court order and imposed a €3,000 fine.
The judge also awarded the State €100 expenses.