Thursday 18 January 2018

Kevin Myers: It is madness that public-service absenteeism is an accepted norm

Bridget Sweeney (left) and Frances Carew.

LET me outline two rather revealing employment disputes in the public sector. The first concerns a teacher, Bridget Sweeney, who was awarded €88,000 damages after a court heard that the principal of Ballinteer Community School had employed private detectives to check on her movements over a four-day period in 2008. That, naturally, got the headlines: less visible was the background to the head's action.

Bridget Sweeney was a fulltime "home-school co-ordinator" -- and no, I've no idea what such a job consists of. Apparently, not always a great deal. Between 2005 and 2007, Sweeney alleged that she was bullied. This complaint was investigated, but not sustained, by an independent barrister.

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