Wednesday 13 December 2017

Former INM executive seeks High Court declaration that his sacking was unlawful

Tim Healy

A FORMER executive of Independent News and Media (INM) is seeking a High Court declaration that a decision to dismiss him from his €300,000 per annum post was unlawful.

Karl Brophy, who was appointed director of corporate affairs and content development in 2010 by former INM chief executive Gavin O'Reilly, is now seeking damages over the decision and claims the company's largest shareholder Denis O'Brien was behind his ousting.

He also says that just after the dismissal decision he was told he was perceived as being too close to Mr O'Reilly and reference was to the newspaper group's coverage of Mr O'Brien and the Moriarty tribunal.

He says the decision was taken firstly on spurious grounds of alleged misconduct and than redundancy without regard to his contractual entitlement of two years severance.

Last May, he sought a High Court order to prevent his dismissal and while this was not granted, the court did give an injunction restraining INM from acting further on its decision to terminate his employment pending further hearing and also preventing it from divulging confidential information to the media in relation to his employment.

INM denied it did anything unlawful and said he was made redundant as part of a decision to restructure its business and reduce costs.

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