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Hoteliers on Trial for Regulations Breach

 Two hoteliers are among four men who have gone on trial in Galway, charged with breaching regulations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The proceedings relate to an event at a hotel in Clifden in August 2020, which took place after an Oireachtas Golf Society outing.stationhouse
Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish, former Fianna Fáil senator, Donal (Donie) Cassidy, along with James and John Sweeney of the Station House Hotel in Clifden are all charged with organising - or causing to be organised - an event that contravened the Health Act as amended by emergency legislation in 2020.
The trial before Judge Mary Fahy is under way at Galway District Court. Prosecution Barrister Eoghan Cole told the court that it was "highly unlikely" that the case would conclude in two days. A number of witnesses due to give evidence yesterday have been unable to physically attend court as a result of the pandemic.
There has been extensive legal argument about the interpretation of regulations and guidelines surrounding gatherings of the kind that took place in Clifden.

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Naas is ‘Cleanest Town’

Naas in Co Kildare has been named Ireland’s cleanest town in a survey of 40 towns and cities.
The latest Irish Business Against Litter survey found litter rose slightly on a national basis in 2020, particularly in cities.naas
Litter from personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the pandemic, such as face masks and disposable gloves was at its highest level since the pandemic began.
Naas finished ahead of Portlaoise and Ennis to record its first win in the yearly rankings.
An Taisce, which carries out the surveys for IBAL, found every location it visited in the Kildare town to be ‘virtually free of litter’.

However, there was a slight drop in the number of clean towns nationwide in 2021, to 22.

Sodexo Manager Awarded €47,552

Sodexo Ireland has been ordered to pay €47,552 to a manager it unfairly dismissed in 2020 through redundancy.sodexo
At the Workplace Relations Commission, adjudicator Patsy Doyle has ordered Sodexo Ireland Ltd to pay the equivalent of 40 weeks gross pay to Integrated Facilities Manager, Terence Varian, after finding that she could not identify a dismissal which arose from a genuine redundancy.
Ms Doyle stated that Sodexo Ireland did not provide her ‘with compelling details of economic, technical or organisational change’, concerning the redundancy.
Ms Doyle did find that Mr Varian ‘played a part in his own demise at the business’. She rejected a request from Mr Varian that he be reinstated as ‘relations between the parties are not redeemable’.
Counsel for Mr Varian, Byron Wade BL told the WRC hearing that Mr Varian had been the subject of a ‘sham redundancy’ when he was dismissed on 9th September 2020.
Mr Varian was on an annual salary of €61,817 plus bonus and in response to the Covid-19 impact on the business, Sodexo Ireland Ltd declared an 11pc reduction of a 2,000 strong workforce across four locations in the months of July, August and September 2020.

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