Monday 26 February 2018

Appeal is dropped by sacked assessor

Lesley Anne Byrne
Lesley Anne Byrne

Ray Managh

A former claims assessor with St Paul's Garda Medical Aid Society, who was sacked for gross misconduct, has abandoned her legal challenge against the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

The Tribunal accepted that Lesley Anne Byrne had "destroyed the trust and confidence" the society had in her and her dismissal was warranted and fair. Byrne, a mother of two, had appealed the finding to the Circuit Civil Court.

But the court was yesterday told by counsel for the society, that her appeal had been withdrawn and could be struck out.

The tribunal had heard that the society provides health insurance for An Garda Síochána.


In August 2011, while Byrne was on sick leave, her office manager looked through desk drawers and found four out-of-date cheques which had not been processed, a form that had been Tippexed and claim forms which, against regulations, had been handwritten on.

The society appointed an investigation committee, Ms Byrne was invited to attend inquiry committee hearings and she responded by letter.

She denied any wrongdoing and considered overlooking the cheques as an administrative error.

Irish Independent

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