A hotel manager has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing an allegedly “flawed” disciplinary hearing proceeding against him, the 'Irish Times' reports to-day.
Fergal Ryan, general manager of the Clayton Hotel, was granted the order on an ex parte basis (one side only represented) on Thursday against his employer, Dalata Hotel Group.
Mr Ryan claims a disciplinary hearing, which commenced last month, had fallen into error but the chairperson of the internal company investigation had decided to proceed with it.
The court was told issues had arisen after two hotel employees called as witnesses for the defendant company had said, in statements made before an independent solicitor, they were put under pressure by the company to say things they had not said.
Patrick O’Reilly SC, for Mr Ryan, said the disciplinary hearing was flawed to the degree it was “doomed”. His client, who had previously fully participated in the disciplinary process, had now withdrawn from it.
The court heard Mr Ryan is accused of paying former employees totalling €300 from petty cash to do a day’s work in the hotel’s restaurant when the premises was short-staffed. The payments were all duly vouched, the court was told. He is also accused of paying two hotel porter staff €70 each to monitor entry to the hotel’s lobby when there was a major security operation in Sligo. Those payments were also vouched.
It is claimed the cash payments were in breach of company policy and, as a result, internal disciplinary proceedings were brought against Mr Ryan by his employer.
Ms Justice Theresa Pilkington, granting the injunction, said she was satisfied a serious issue that requires adjudication by the court has been raised and returned the matter to next week.