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Director of Galway-based EA Games secures injunction preventing his dismissal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A director of an Irish subsidiary of video game giant Electronic Arts has secured a High Court injunction preventing his dismissal.
The order was made in favour of Jean Philippe Grenet, who is the director of global delivery service for Electronic Arts Ireland in Galway.
He was initially dismissed for allegedly making an inappropriate comment in a one to one video call with a colleague in November.
Electronic Arts, which opposed the injunction application, claims Mr. Grenet was validly terminated on a no-fault basis in a decision it made on December 10th.
It followed an incident in November, in which Mr. Grenet is alleged to have made an inappropriate comment in a video call to a worker based in Texas.
Mr Grenet accepts the remark was a clumsy, inelegant and ill-advised expression – but says it means he “did not want to challenge” that particular person on a work matter.
However, he claims the complainant is motivated by malice after failing to secure the role he was appointed to – and that EA did not follow correct procedures in dismissing him.
In his judgment, Mr Justice Tony O’Connor said he was satisfied to grant the orders after Mr Grenet’s lawyers had established that there are serious issues to be tried in the case.
He found that the risk of injustice to the parties favoured the granting of the injunction which restrains EA from dismissing him until proceedings have been decided and that he be paid his salary and benefits during that period.
He also directed EA not to appoint any other person to Mr Grenet’s position pending further order.
The Judge also urged the sides to consider having the dispute go to mediation and adjourned the case to a date in January.

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New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks

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GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.

The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.

However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.

A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.

Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.

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Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris

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GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.

Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.

The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.

That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.

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Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.

McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.

The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.

Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.

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