Saturday 18 November 2017

Manager of top Kilkenny hotel seeks injunction preventing his dismissal

The Kilkenny River Court Hotel in the heart of Kilkenny City.
The Kilkenny River Court Hotel in the heart of Kilkenny City.

A HOTEL manager is seeking a High Court injunction preventing his dismissal.

Declan Moriarty, general manager of the Kilkenny River Court Hotel, says he was summarily dismissed in breach of the hotel's own procedures on February 3 last.

He is seeking an order against Neville Hotels Ltd, t/a the River Court, and against William Neville and Sons, preventing his purported dismissal.  He also wants to be restored to full pay pending the hearing of his action over the matter.

Peter Ward SC, for Mr Moriarty, told the court heard the defendants had written to their side saying he had been dismissed as a result of not having reached standards required following an review of his performance.  They also claimed the dismissal was lawful.

Mr Ward, who made the application for the injunction on an ex-parte basis (only one side represented) said Nevilles had taken over the hotel last year which led to a significantly increased workload which was carried out by his client.   

He was summarily dismissed in "flagrant breach" of the hotel's own disciplinary procedures, counsel said.

An appeals panel had been set up by the defendants but it was composed of the same people who had terminated his employment, he said.   The defendants had written yesterday to say a new appeals process was being set up.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted permission to Mr Ward to serve the proceedings at short notice on the defendants and said the matter could come back before him next week.

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