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Insurer gets injunction against ex employee over confidential information claims

High Court

An insurance company has secured a High Court injunction preventing a former employee from using or distributing any confidential information relating to the firm.

The order was granted in favour of Aon Ireland Limited against Luciana Bernardes De Castro, who the court heard had worked as a Claims Administrator for the company between March 2020 until January 2022 when she allegedly resigned from her job.

The court heard that Ms De Castro made a claim to the Workplace Relations Committee against Aon Ireland, which is a subsidiary of the Aon Plc, in August 2022.

Arising out of her claim, Aon conducted a targeted ….read more

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Graham Dwyer's lawyers tell appeal that phone data retention is 'opportunistic form of mass surveillance'

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Graham Dwyer. Photo: Collins)

Lawyers for Graham Dwyer, who murdered vulnerable care worker Elaine O’Hara for his sexual gratification, have argued that the retention of mobile phone data is an “opportunistic form of mass surveillance” that transforms phones into tracking devices that can reveal a detailed picture of every aspect of a person’s life.

Remy Farrell SC, for Dwyer, told the three-judge Court of Appeal that mobile phone data should not have been admitted as evidence in his client’s trial as the retention of that data was a breach of his rights under the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Mr ….read more


Irish Rail manager says he's paid €121k 'for doing nothing'


A finance manager at Irish Rail says his duties were “hacked down to nothing” after he made a protected disclosure nine years ago – and that he now spends most of his working week in a €121,000-a-year job reading newspapers, eating sandwiches and going for long walks.

“I’d say if I got something that requires me to do work once in a week I’d be thrilled,” he told the Workplace Relations Commission yesterday.

Dermot Alastair Mills was giving evidence in a hearing into his complaint under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 alleging that he was subjected to penalisation as a whistleblower after ….read more


Secretary sacked after break up with company director is awarded €22k


A secretary sacked following a breakup with her boss’s son – a company director in the family firm where she worked – is to be paid nearly €22,000 after the Workplace Relations Commission ruled her dismissal unfair.

The employment tribunal found there had been a “sharp deficit in the duty of care” on the part of the firm and that the worker, who had been employed by the firm for over a decade, “deserved better”.

Rosemarie Quinlan’s claim under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 against Spencer Family Holdings Limited was upheld in a decision published by the Workplace Relations Commission this morning.

Ms ….read more


Ex-RTE journalist fails in bid to overturn sex assault conviction

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Mícheál Ó Leidhin. Photo: Collins)

A former RTÉ journalist who was jailed for 15 months for sexually assaulting a woman while she slept has lost his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Mícheál Ó Leidhin (38) was a political reporter for Raidió na Gaeltachta and was found guilty by a jury in July for the sexual assault of the woman that happened at his former home.

At the Court of Appeal today, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said that consent could not be implied when a person is asleep and that everyone has the right to feel safe while they sleep.

Ms Justice Donnelly ….read more

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Twitter undertakes to restore senior Irish exec to her position

High Court

Twitter has told the High Court that it has restored Irish senior executive Sinead McSweeney to her position with the company.

Last week Ms McSweeney, who is Twitter’s Global Vice President for Public Policy, secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment.

She claimed that by not responding to a generic and vague e-mail sent earlier this month to all of Twitter employees by its new owner, multi–Billionaire Elon Musk, she was treated as if she was no longer employed by the company.

Ms McSweeney said that she never resigned from her job but had been ….read more

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