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Sunday 21 January 2018

Key Fas director seeking compensation


A key figure in scandal-hit Fas -- whose complaints against senior management were largely upheld by an unpublished internal report -- has sought protection under whistleblower legislation and is seeking an apology and compensation which may run into a seven-figure sum.

Former director of corporate affairs, Greg Craig, who was dismissed earlier this week, says he was vindicated by a previous report -- which he claims was "suppressed" by Fas -- which deals with how controversies were handled at the agency.

The inquiry by accountancy firm Mazars found that Fas had leaked confidential information about Mr Craig, as well as giving inaccurate information to the Public Accounts Committee's investigations into lavish travel expenses and other expenditure.

It also upheld Mr Craig's complaint that his suspension was announced at the committee in 2008 before he had been notified or given an opportunity to defend himself.

Damningly, it adds that Fas breached the Data Protection Act, the Fas code of ethics, and the Fas dignity and respect at work code as well as other procedures.

In January, Fas confirmed to Mr Craig and his union that it accepted the findings of the Mazars Report and said a public statement would be made on the findings against Fas -- but that never happened.

Last month, Mr Craig, who made a series of complaints against Fas to the Mazars inquiry, with his union asked for matters relating to the findings of the Mazars report to be dealt with under the 'whistleblower' Section 7 of the Labour Services Act.

That issue has been referred to a Rights Commissioner for hearing.

FAS said yesterday it did not comment on detailed matters relating to individuals.

Sunday Independent

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