Pub must pay redundancy to ex-worker

Four owners of a Cork pub, including a GAA star, have been ordered by an Employment Appeals Tribunal to pay redundancy to a former employee.

Teresa Leahy, from Kilcredan, Ballymacoda, started work at Alley Bar, Chapel St, Cloyne, in June 2005.

In Nov 2006, the pub was transferred to the ownership of Cathal Cronin, Killian Cronin, Maurice Cahill, and Cork senior hurling captain Donal Óg Cusack.

The tribunal heard Ms Leahy continued to work in the business until Nov 13, 2009, when she was made redundant.

The tribunal, under the chairmanship of KT O’Mahony, found that Ms Leahy was entitled to a redundancy lump sum under the Redundancy payments Acts, 1967 to 2007. There was no evidence offered at the hearing by the owners of the pub to contest her case.

The tribunal said documentation showed her gross weekly pay was €541.32.

In its report, the tribunal said Ms Leahy “did not receive prior notice of the termination of her employment”. It awarded her €1,082.64 — two weeks’ pay — in lieu of notice.

“The award is made subject to the appellant having been in insurable employment under the Social Welfare Acts during the relevant period.”

However, it dismissed another claim made by Ms Leahy. The tribunal said that under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1977 she was not entitled to claim for outstanding holidays because the claim had not been lodged within the statutory time limit.


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