Tuesday 23 January 2018

Whistleblower's partner was dismissed by Irish Nationwide

Shane Ross

BEN Beggan, partner of Irish Nationwide whistleblower Olivia Green, was dismissed as manager of the Monaghan branch of the building society in February last year.

This followed Ms Green's own departure from the society in 2008 and her subsequent decision to sue for constructive dismissal.

Ms Green settled her case against the society in April 2009 and later gave her whistleblowing interview to RTE's Prime Time Investigates ground-breaking programme on the banks last December.

Last week, nobody in the Irish Nationwide would discuss the circumstances of Mr Beggan's dismissal as manager, but it is known to have surprised locals in the border town. Mr Beggan is now taking an unfair dismissal case against the society.

Olivia Green blew the whistle on Irish Nationwide's lending habits in the RTE programme last month, revealing that Fianna Fail politicians received fast-tracked loans from CEO Michael Fingleton.

Ms Green, formerly a senior loans supervisor at Nationwide, featured peripherally in an earlier case involving rogue-solicitor Michael Lynn's €4.1m loan from Nationwide.

Another Nationwide manager Brian Fitzgibbon said in an affidavit that Ms Green, very properly, referred Mr Lynn's application up the line to Mr Fingleton.

Following the Prime Time Investigates show, Irish Nationwide announced that it is holding an investigation into Olivia Green's revelations with emphasis on the accuracy of the allegations and client confidentiality.

Sunday Independent

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