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Worker fails in bid to become reinstated after hitting colleague

Dara Bradley

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A general operative at a Galway manufacturing company – who was hospitalised after being physically assaulted with an iron implement by a colleague – has been out of work for a year.

The workplace dispute was the subject of a hearing of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), which adjudicated on the case.

The complainant was employed for over 18 years as a general operative at the unnamed local company until he was dismissed for gross misconduct in August of last year, following an investigation into an incident involving assault.

He argued that he was unfairly dismissed and sought redress through reinstatement of his job by the company.

The hearing heard how on July 4, 2018 the complainant, who was on his knees at a vent, was approached by his colleague referred to as ‘Mr X’ by the WRC.

Mr X said derogatory words to the complainant; he was ”angry and had a head of steam” and leaned over the complainant and confronted him. Mr X was holding a large sheet of cardboard, which contained an “offensive drawing” of him. Mr X blamed the complainant for the drawing but he denied this and there was no evidence to support the claim.

The complainant said he was hit by Mr X with the cardboard drawing and he defended himself with a ruler he had in his hand for the cleaning of the vent he was working on.

The complainant was suspended on July 7 pending an investigation. The investigation panel found, based on evidence of another person, that he didn’t see Mr X hit the complainant with the cardboard and that the injury to Mr X “was not an act of self-defence to a physical attack”.

The report also refers to the ruler as an iron bar throughout.

Having considered all the relevant matters, the WRC said that the respondent had “substantial grounds for dismissing the complainant on the substantive issue of hitting another employee with the ruler/iron bar”.

In its ruling, the WRC said: “The core outcome of this incident is that Mr X ended up with lacerations on his face, photos of which were produced at the hearing, and Mr X had to attend hospital for treatment to his face. Mr X has not yet returned to work since the incident.

“The respondent has a duty of care and safety to staff and the complainant’s action of responding (or initiating) to Mr X by hitting him on the face with a ruler/iron bar was disproportionate to being hit by Mr X with a cardboard box, if at all.

“While there were some procedural issues in this case, which in circumstances less extreme than the substantive issue involved in this case, could justify a decision of unfair dismissal, the gravity of the complainant’s action to hit Mr X in the face which resulted in him having cuts to his face and nose and remains out of work a year after the incident, outweighs any mitigating procedural omissions and I have concluded the respondent acted reasonably, within the band of reasonable responses, in dismissing the complainant. The claim for unfair dismissal fails accordingly.”

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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