Saturday 24 February 2018

Former international rugby referee David McHugh resolves High Court case with IRFU

Dublin , Ireland - 4 September 2017; A Gilbert match ball during squad training at UCD in Dublin. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Dublin , Ireland - 4 September 2017; A Gilbert match ball during squad training at UCD in Dublin. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Tim Healy

FORMER international rugby referee David McHugh has resolved High Court proceedings over the IRFU's decision to dismiss him.

Mr McHugh had been employed by the IRFU since 1997 and had held the role of referee performance manager, claimed his purported dismissal was unlawful and in breach of his contractual rights.

His role involves coaching and managing the IRFU's elite referees for competitions including the PRO14, European Champions Cup and International test matches.

Last week Mr McHugh, with an address at The Haven, Jacobs Island, Blackrock, Cork, secured a temporary injunction restraining the IRFU from making any further publication relating in any way to the purported dismissal on October 5 last.

He also wanted an injunction preventing the IRFU from terminating his employment to be put in place pending the outcome of the full hearing of his action against his employer.

When the case returned before Mr Justice Tony O'Connor on Tuesday the court heard was told, following talks, the matter had been resolved and the proceedings could be struck out. No details of any agreement were disclosed in open court.

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