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Bank manager granted an injunction against sacking

A BANK manager has secured a High Court injunction preventing his dismissal over misconduct allegations.

The order was granted pending the outcome of a full hearing of the dispute between Christopher Giblin and Irish Life & Permanent (IL&P).

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy granted the injunction application to Mr Giblin, manager at IL&P, College Green, Dublin, whose intended dismissal arose out of allegations relating to transactions on accounts in his own name and in the names of his wife and his mother-in-law.

The court heard that Mr Giblin, who has been employed by the bank for the last 30 years, was shocked and distressed when informed by his employers last December he was being summarily dismissed. He has denied any wrong doing.

A father of four of Belmont Gardens, Donnybrook, Dublin, he is seeking a declaration his dismissal is null and void because it is in breach of fair procedures and natural justice.

IL&P denied it acted unfairly or that Mr Giblin made out a strong arguable case warranting an injunction.

Ms Justice Laffoy said yesterday a strong case had been made out that Mr Giblin had been denied fair procedures, and that a fair hearing had been imperiled by the conduct of those investigating the allegations against him.

Damages would not be an adequate remedy in this case given the effect the decision to dismiss had on Mr Giblin's reputation, she said.

The balance of convenience therefore favoured granting the injunction which means Mr Giblin was entitled to special leave on full pay, in accordance with the bank's disciplinary procedures, until the full High Court proceedings are determined, she said.