UNICEF: Media reports of private life led to Verwoerd dismissal

The board of UNICEF Ireland has issued a statement this evening clarifying the reason why the former partner of the late Gerry Ryan, Melanie Verwoerd was dismissed last week.

The board of UNICEF Ireland has issued a statement this evening clarifying the reason why the former partner of the late Gerry Ryan, Melanie Verwoerd was dismissed last week.

It states that the board did not dismiss Ms. Verwoerd over media treatment of her relationship with the late broadcaster.

It said the board did dismiss her, following a number of weeks of negotiation, because of Ms Verwoerd's refusal to accept the board's view of the matter as being a negative issue for the success of UNICEF Ireland.

It said: "Regrettably, Ms Verwoerd did not accept the board's view that media reports of her private life were an unwelcome distraction for the organisation and did not fulfil the board's request for her to develop a plan for how future media attention could be refocused on UNICEF Ireland."

The board concluded by saying that if Ms Verwoerd pursues a case through the Employment Appeals Tribunal then UNICEF Ireland will defend its decision.

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