Lo­cal woman speaks out on ha­rass­ment or­deal at NMI

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A DAVID­STOWN based yoga teacher and for­mer ar­chae­ol­o­gist has slammed the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ire­land (NMI) for their han­dling of a com­plaint of sex­ual ha­rass­ment that she made against a col­league over ten years ago.

Adri­enne Cor­less from The Leap, David­stown, was mo­ti­vated to speak out about her own ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing read about the brave women who high­lighted al­leged in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct by for­mer Gate The­atre artis­tic di­rec­tor Michael Col­gan. The daugh­ter of his­to­rian Cather­ine Cor­less who un­cov­ered the Tuam ba­bies scan­dal, Adri­enne lives lo­cally with her hus­band Colm Mo­ri­arty from Bree.

Over the week­end, Ms Cor­less told the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent that, de­spite the fact that an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that she had been re­peat­edly sex­u­ally ha­rassed by a male col­league, he re­ceived only a mi­nor rep­ri­mand and was al­lowed to keep his job. Ms Cor­less departed the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ire­land in 2012 af­ter the man­age­ment de­cided not to re­new her con­tract and, to add in­sult to in­jury, she was asked by a se­nior of­fi­cial to do ‘a han­dover’ of the project she had been work­ing on to the very man who had sex­u­ally ha­rassed her. Last Fe­bru­ary, a decade on from the ha­rass­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the man was fi­nally sus­pended by the NMI af­ter the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent pub­lished de­tails of the case.

Ms Cor­less out­lined how the ha­rass­ment ranged from kiss­ing her on the for­head and cheek to, fre­quently putting his arm around her and ‘ touch­ing her but­tocks’ on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions. A for­mal com­plaint was made in 2006 and dur­ing the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the man ad­mit­ted that Ms Cor­less had been ‘a foil for his fan­tasies’ and that he had been guilty of ‘un­healthy thoughts’ while work­ing with her.

‘ The dis­ci­plinary ac­tion taken against him was so mild and so mi­nor. He should have been fired,’ Ms Cor­less said. ‘I feel the sys­tem was set up to sup­port him, rather than me. I be­came the ca­su­alty.’

Adri­enne Cor­less.

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