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Ex-UPS parcel loader told he could be 'bomb maker'

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The plaintiff, Francis Deegan  of Coultry Avenue, Santry, Dublin leaving court  after the hearing.

The plaintiff, Francis Deegan of Coultry Avenue, Santry, Dublin leaving court after the hearing.

The plaintiff, Francis Deegan of Coultry Avenue, Santry, Dublin leaving court after the hearing.

A FORMER parcel loader with UPS has told a court that when he was unable to produce evidence of previous employment to the company, he was told he could be "a bomb maker or an IRA terrorist".

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke awarded €15,000 compensation to Francis Deegan for unfair dismissal by United Parcel Service, of North Wall Quay, Dublin.

Mr Deegan, with an address at Coultry Avenue, Santry, Dublin, had appealed a €2,000 compensation award made to him almost six months ago by the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

He said he had been unable to provide documentation in relation to a company background check on his previous employment for the period January 2007 until he joined UPS at its Finglas, Dublin, depot in October 2008.

Mr Deegan told his barrister Conor Bowman that prior to joining UPS he had been working for cash payments from his previous employer.

Mr Bowman said the company had refused Mr Deegan an opportunity to make a sworn statement of his earlier employment, although it had allowed other employees to do so.

Deegan said he had been shocked after UPS Transportation Manager John O'Donovan told him at a disciplinary meeting that he could be a bomb maker or an IRA terrorist.

Mr O'Donovan, in evidence to the court, denied he had referred specifically to Deegan when he talked about a bomb maker. He denied having mentioned the IRA.

Mr O'Donovan said that UPS, which is licensed by the Department of Transport and the Irish Aviation Authority, wanted to ensure that parcels screened by the company before shipment were secured for air transport.

Mr Bowman told Judge Groarke that Mr Deegan's case was an appeal of the €2,000 compensation award only.

Irish Independent