Friday 6 December 2019

Finance manager of exclusive five star hotel claims she's being made 'scapegoat for fraud' in High Court action

The luxury Dromoland Castle hotel in Co Clare
The luxury Dromoland Castle hotel in Co Clare

THE financial manager of Dromoland Castle Hotel has launched a High Court action to prevent her purported dismissal.

Orla Horgan claims she is being made "a scapegoat for fraud at the hotel" due to suspicious transactions carried out by another employee in the finance department which she has nothing to do with.

Last month Ms Horgan, of Station Road, Askeaton, Co Limerick, was informed she is to be dismissed from her position on July 1 next.

She now seeks an injunction preventing her employer Dromoland Castle Holdings Ltd from terminating her employment.

Oisin Quinn SC, for Ms Horgan, said the purported dismissal is unlawful and her employer is not entitled to proceed in this way.

His client feared the decision could do irreparable harm to her reputation.

Since 2006 Ms Horgan has had responsibility for the accounting functions at the Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare, hotel.

She fulfils a similar role in respect of the Inn at Dromoland hotel and had previously worked on the accounts at Castlemartyr Resort Hotel.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted Ms Horgan's lawyers permission to serve the proceedings at short notice on the defendant.

The case returns next week.

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