Carey faces legal action by secretary

EQUALITY Minister Pat Carey will face legal action this week over the redundancy of his former constituency secretary.

A case is being taken by Linda Weir who worked on a part-time basis in his constituency office in Finglas, Dublin, when he was the Government’s chief whip and before he was promoted to Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs last March.

A hearing is scheduled for the Employment Appeals Tribunal next Tuesday and is the second time a politician will appear before the court in recent months.

In May, former Taoiseach, Garret Fitzgerald, settled an unfair dismissal case taken by his former secretary, Sharon Kelly.

Settlements usually carry a confidentiality clause and it is unknown if taxpayers’ money was used to pay Ms Kenny in the case, which was taken against Dr Fitzgerald and the Department of the Taoiseach.

Tuesday’s case is being taken against Mr Carey, and not any Government Department. A spokesman for the minister said he intends to participate as required in the hearing but would not comment on the case.

Ms Weir worked half-time, or job-sharing in the Dublin North West constituency office and was earning a salary of €21,398 compared to around €150,000 earned by Mr Carey at the time.

The exact nature of Ms Weir’s claim is not known but it comes under laws relating to redundancy.


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