Thursday 18 July 2019

Manager billed hotel €42,000 for electric goods he took home

‘Very sorry’: Clive Byrne had been maintenance manager at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin
‘Very sorry’: Clive Byrne had been maintenance manager at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin

Ray Managh

A maintenance manager has been ordered by a judge to repay the Gresham Hotel, his former employer, a debt of €42,000 after having ordered goods for personal use from an electrical company which had been engaged in contract work for the hotel.

Andrew Walker, counsel for the Gresham in Dublin's Upper O'Connell Street, told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Clive Byrne had billed the hotel for items ordered from an electrical company and collected them himself or had them delivered to his home.

Mr Walker said the Gresham had a contract with N2 Electrical and Security Supplies Limited of Rath Cross, Ashbourne, Co Meath, and had been billed for items that had not been related to them.

He said it had come to light that Mr Byrne had been billing the hotel, his then employer, for items ordered from the electrical company.

Mr Walker, who appeared with Holmes O'Malley Sexton Solicitors, told the court that certain goods had been recovered from Mr Byrne by the gardaí who had been instructed by the Gresham to pass on and donate them to charity.

The court heard that Byrne, of The Pines, Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Co Meath, had ordered almost €92,000 worth of electronic goods under the hotel's name, including domestic fridges among other items.

Mr Walker said N2 Electrical and Security Supplies Limited had sued the hotel and Mr Byrne for the recovery of €41,936.94.

The Gresham had settled matters with the electrical company and was now seeking payment from Mr Byrne.

Mr Byrne appeared before the court and told Judge Groarke he had no issue with paying the €42,000 to the hotel. He said he was very sorry for his actions which were things he was not proud of.

He said he had been dealing with personal issues and addiction at the time and was not going to lie to the court about his actions. "It is what it is," he told the court.

Judge Groarke ordered Byrne to pay the Gresham a total sum of €41,936.94 along with the legal costs of the action.

Irish Independent

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