BATU boss to battle suspension in High Court

The general president of the BATU trade union will tomorrow seek a High Court injunction aimed at preventing his suspension from office.

Mr Michael McNally (aged 69), Belgium Park, Monaghan, the general president of the Building and Allied Trades Union (BATU) for the last 14 years, is seeking an order from the court preventing a special meeting of the union's National Executive Council from moving a motion to suspend him from his position, from preventing him carrying out the role or from appointing anyone else to perform his duties.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Gresham Hotel this Saturday, November 1.

Today Mr McNally was granted permission by Ms Justice Mary Laffoy to notify BATU and its general secretary Patrick O'Shaughnessy of his intention to seek an injunction. The judge made the matter returnable to Friday afternoon.

Counsel for Mr McNally, Oisin Quinn SC, told the court that the grounds for Mr McNally's suspension are that he has failed to fulfill his duties of office and is guilty of alleged misconduct.

Counsel said that while the precise particulars of these accusations have yet to be furnished to his client, any claim of misconduct was "absolutely rejected" by McNally.

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