Saturday 25 November 2017

Doorman involved in incident outside Kilkenny pub on New Year's Eve brings challenge after licence revoked

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Aodhan O'Faolain

A MAN has brought a legal challenge aimed at quashing a decision by the security industry regulatory body to revoke a licence he requires to work as a doorman.

The High Court action has been brought Michael Tobin (48), who is a sergeant in the Defence Forces based in Kilkenny and who has also worked as a doorman in Kilkenny and Clonmel for many years.

During his employment as a doorman at Matt the Millers pub in Kilkenny on New Years Eve, he was involved in an incident which was recorded and published on social media.

Mr Tobin had held a security licence to work as a doorman issued by the Private Security Authority (PSA), the statutory body with responsibility for licensing and regulating the private security  industry in Ireland.  The licence was renewed last year.

Mr Tobin was informed by the PSA on January 13th last that his licence had been revoked meaning that he could no longer work as a doorman, his lawyer told the court.

Counsel said the decision to revoke his client's licence is "fundamentally flawed" on several grounds.

He had no notification from the PSA a process was in being that could adversely affect his right to a good name and right to earn a living.

No reasons were given for the decision, and because he had no right to heard or make submissions as part of the process.

The court heard Mr Tobin has been a member of the Defence Forces for many years and holds an exemplary record in terms of disciplinary  matters. His work as a doorman has never been the subject of a complaint to an employer or any other party.

Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex-parte  (one-side only represented) basis, by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys who said the matter could come back before the court next month.

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