Former FAI em­ployee claims he was un­fairly dis­missed

DEVEL­OP­MENT OF­FI­CER’S CASE COMES BE­FORE TRI­BUNAL

Bray People - - NEWS -

A FORMER Wicklow soc­cer devel­op­ment of­fi­cer last week claimed at an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal he was un­fairly dis­missed by the FAI.

Former FAI em­ployee and Gorey res­i­dent Paul Sheri­dan claimed he was un­fairly dis­missed from his job when the FAI in­tro­duced re­dun­dan­cies in Novem­ber 2010.

The Tri­bunal was told that re­cruit­ment then took place for new po­si­tions shortly af­ter­wards. FAI Hu­man Re­sources Di­rec­tor Stephen Driver ap­peared be­fore the tri­bunal, while Paul Sheri­dan will give ev­i­dence on June 5 next.

Mr. Driver said he wasn't aware of any per­for­mance is­sues with Mr Sheri­dan who was re­spon­si­ble for soc­cer devel­op­ment in Wicklow, Wex- ford and Car­low be­tween 2002 and 2007.

The num­ber of devel­op­ment of­fi­cers in­creased thanks to co- fund­ing from the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and other agen­cies, so in 2007, Paul Sheri­dan's role changed from re­gional devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, to devel­op­ment of­fi­cer - and was one of two of­fi­cers re­spon­si­ble for Wicklow.

The tri­bunal heard the FAI made eight devel­op­ment of­fi­cers re­dun­dant in 2010 be­fore re- em­ploy­ing two of them in sim­i­lar roles at lower pay.

Both of­fi­cers for Wicklow were made re­dun­dant, and fol­low­ing an in­ter­view, Paul Sheri­dan was un­suc­cess­ful in get­ting the one po­si­tion that was sub­se­quently cre­ated.

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