Saturday 24 February 2018

Golfer who lost libel case has job claim thrown out

Tim Healy

A RETIRED insurance official who lost a libel action against a golf club earlier this year has had a separate case over his employment dismissed as frivolous and vexatious.

Thomas Talbot (75, inset) previously lost a defamation action against Hermitage Golf Club in Lucan, Dublin, which he claimed had effectively labelled him as a cheater by issuing a notice about his playing handicap.

Since 2006, Mr Talbot has also had a number of separate proceedings against Aviva Insurance (formerly Hibernian) and the Unite trade union (formerly Amicus) arising out of grievances with the company.

This related to the time when he began his employment in 1973 to beyond his retirement in 2001.

He claimed wrongdoing by the insurance company over the nature and volume of work he was required to undertake as well as his level of remuneration and pension entitlements.

He also brought the case against the union over what he said was its failure to protect him from the company's activities.

The case against the union was previously stuck out and Aviva asked Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne to dismiss the action against it on grounds it was frivolous, vexatious, disclosed no reasonable cause of action, and represented an abuse of the court.

Ms Justice Dunne granted Aviva its application and also made an order restraining him from bringing any further proceedings against the company without first getting the permission of the court.

The judge said she herself had in January 2007 struck out proceedings by Mr Talbot against his former employer and the union, saying it was impossible to see precisely what he was claiming for. She also granted Aviva its costs.

Irish Independent

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