Dromoland Castle finance manager fights dismissal

The finance manager of the five-star Dromoland Castle hotel has launched a High Court action aimed at preventing her dismissal.

Orla Horgan claims in a sworn statement she is being made “a scapegoat for fraud at the hotel” due to alleged suspicious transactions carried out by another person.

She had nothing to do with the alleged transactions, she said.

Ms Horgan, of Station Rd, Askeaton, Co Limerick, said she was informed last month she is to be dismissed on July 1. She is seeking an injunction preventing Dromoland Castle Holdings Ltd from terminating her employment.

Oisin Quinn, for Ms Horgan, said the purported termination is unlawful and her employer is not entitled to proceed in this way. Ms Horgan feared the decision could do irreparable harm to her reputation, he said.

Since 2006, Ms Horgan has had responsibility for the accounting functions at Dromoland Castle, Newmarket- on-Fergus, Co Clare, and fulfils a similar role for the Inn at Dromoland Hotel.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted Mr Quinn’s ex-parte application for permission to serve short notice on the defendant of the injunction application.

The case will come back before the court next week.


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