Woman who claims boss bullied her after she ended affair has case resolved

High Court injunction proceedings brought by a manager at the Irish National Stud, who claims she was bullied by her ex-boss after she ended their affair, aimed at restraining the company from placing her on medical leave, has been resolved.

High Court injunction proceedings brought by a manager at the Irish National Stud, who claims she was bullied by her ex-boss after she ended their affair, aimed at restraining the company from placing her on medical leave, has been resolved.

Ms Julie Lynch sought an injunction after being placed on medical leave by the INS last January.

She claims she is fit for work and has medical certificates to that effect. The full hearing of her action should take place later this year.

Ms Lynch, stallions nominations manager with the INS, Tully, Co Kildare, had applied for an injunction restraining the INS putting her on medical leave pending a full hearing of her action against it.

She also wanted orders restraining the defendants compelling her vacate the house where she lives, provided as part of her job.

Today, following talks between the sides, Henry Murphy SC for Ms Lynch told Ms Justice Mary Laffoy that the parties had come to an arrangement and the application for an injunction pending the outcome of the trial could now be stuck out.

Under the terms of the agreement, handed into court, Ms Lynch is to go on paid sick leave, and can reside in the house provided as part of her job at the stud. While on leave she cannot enter the stud or involve herself in any business of the stud.

She can return to work when certified medically fit to do so by consultant psychiatrist Dr Abbie Lane, or when the matter has been resolved by the Court.

The Court heard from Counsel for the INS Michael Howard SC that both parties are anxious for an early trial, and it is hoped that the matter could be heard by the High Court in July of this year.

In her action Ms Lynch (aged 31) also alleges she was bullied and sexually assaulted by the former CEO of the INS John Clarke after she ended an affair with him two years ago.

She further claims that Mr Clarke, who retired last January, made her life "hell", his behaviour had a terrible effect on her and she at one stage attempted suicide by overdosing on pills.

In her action, Ms Lynch also claims she told various persons, including INS Chairwoman Lady Chryss O'Reilly, she was being bullied and victimised. She claims the alleged victimisation continued and she has also had to cope with her sanity being questioned.

In denying Ms Lynch's claims, the INS contends she was put on sick leave for medical reasons and can return to work when medically certified to do so.

Various claims by Ms Lynch concerning discussions with Lady O'Reilly and others about her situation, including that the INS did nothing about Ms Lynch's allegations, are denied.

The INS says the decision to place Ms Lynch on medical leave followed its receipt of a report by a consultant psychiatrist, whom Ms Lynch had consented to be examined by, having previously rejected other doctors nominated by the INS.

The INS also says the allegations of sexual assault were not previously put to them or Mr Clarke. It added Mr Clarke is not a party to the proceedings and therefore not in a position to respond to the allegations.

Ms Lynch's claim she has been demoted and another person appointed to carry out her duties are also denied.

The INS has also claimed Ms Lynch had sent inappropriate communications to INS staff and customers.

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