More than 100 disadvantaged schools across Donegal will not now lose teachers.A decision by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn in the Dail this evening means that the Government will not cut the posts.The U-turn came after a Sinn Fein motion condemning the cuts in the Dail. Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte said the move shows that his party has the welfare of the future generations of schoolchildren most in mind.The Letterkenny Senator told Donegaldaily.com that he had spoken with the Education Minister just minutes before he was due to make his announcement this evening.“The Labour Party and the Government came in for a lot of criticism when these cuts were announced.“But the Minister has now reversed his decision on DEIS schools and I welcome that. “Not only has the Minister reversed his decision but he has also promised that he will not close down any rurals schools in the immediate future.“Of course all schools in all regions will have to be looked at and where possible some schools may have to be amalgamated eventually. But that will be a very last resort.“The bottom line here is that the Minister has reversed the decision to cut posts at DEIS school and that is the single most important issue,” he said.The decision to cut the posts had been slammed by opposition parties including Sinn Fein.Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn had described the decision as “shameful” . “Individual DEIS schools in Donegal will lose up to as many as five teachers.“It is completely unacceptable that a county suffering harsh economic and social deprivation would be targeted for such an insidious cut by this Government.“Withdrawing teaching posts under the banner of enhanced educational opportunity is perverse and a claim that no Government should stand over.MINISTER DECIDES NOT TO CUT UP TO 100 JOBS IN DISADVANTAGED DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: January 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Senator Jimmy Harte
An electrician appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to the charge of discharging a loaded firearm.Clifford McPherson appeared before Magistrate JudyLatchman where he pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on July 6, 2016, at Oronoque Street, Bourda, Georgetown, he discharged a loaded firearm at the Virtual Complainant (VC), Ernice Barnwell, with the intent to maim, disable, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm.The prosecution’s case contended that the defendant and the VC are known to each other and on the day in question, an argument over money ensued, leading to the incident. In a bail application, the court heard that McPherson is a father of four who shares a common-law relationship with the mother of his children and resides at Lot 707 B Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown.However, the Prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant may interfere with the prosecution’s case and its only witness. He was remanded to prison.
Precedent law has now been set – managers who ‘turn a blind eye’ to harassment and bullying may themselves face custodial sentences under the criminal law.Last year Sheffield Crown Court issued custodial sentences to employees of Bruce Transport Services following findings one of their fellow employees had been routinely bullied.The general manager of the company received the heaviest sentence of 17 months because, the Judge said, he was in a position of responsibility and could have stopped the harassment, but didn’t.As Marie Allen, a solicitor at Steeles law firm explains, criminal liability is just one of the potential problems for employers arising from bullying and harassment.A worker resigned as a result of being physically and verbally bullied by colleagues at work, which included racial abuse. He has brought complaints of race discrimination and unfair constructive dismissal. Are we liable? And what compensation could be awarded in respect of the alleged discrimination?An employer will also be ‘vicariously’ liable for wrongful acts done by his employees, in the course of their employment if either the act was authorised by the employer; or was closely connected with the performance of their duties.This would include bullying which amounts to harassment on grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation or religion or belief. If, however, the employer can show that it took all reasonably practicable steps to prevent the bullying, it will not be liable. Unlike unfair dismissal awards, compensation for discrimination is unlimited and can include compensation for injury to feelings and aggravated damages. Unfair dismissal awards are currently capped at £63,100, including the compensatory and basic awards.An employer will be liable for unfair dismissal in such circumstances, where the employee establishes that the employers failure to take reasonable steps to prevent the bullying and harassment, amounts to a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence, and that the employee has resigned in response to that breach of contract.A worker has complained that he has been subjected to shouting and foul language from his manager and is threatening to resign. Our business is conducted in a stressful and demanding environment, where foul language is frequently used. Could he have a claim?Yes. Last year the High Court held that a manager who had embarked upon a deliberate course of conduct, including frequent use of foul and abusive language to the employee, had destroyed the relationship of trust and confidence between the employee and the employer.This was despite the fact that the employee had himself resorted to foul language on occasions. The Court held that he ‘nevertheless remained entitled to proper treatment in accordance with his contract.’What steps can we take to reduce the risk of any future liability arising from the bullying of staff by managers or colleagues?It is not sufficient for an employer to argue that there was nothing it could have done to prevent a course of bullying. Employers should ensure that they adopt and fully implement sound anti-bullying policies, and train their employees appropriately. The policy should include a clear statement that all employees have the right to be treated with dignity and that bullying at work will not be tolerated and that employees, who are subjected to such acts, have a right to complain about it. The policy should also clearly define what amounts to bullying and make it clear that breaches of the policy will be subject to the employer’s disciplinary procedure. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Bullying: the legal dimensionOn 28 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
London: A 29-year-old Indian-origin man was killed when he was struck by a car which failed to stop at the scene in Handsworth near Birmingham. Rajesh Chand was crossing the road at the time of the collision, believed to be a hit and run, in the early hours of Saturday. West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses and further information as they arrested a 30-year-old man, who remains in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US It is important that I also remind the public not to speculate on the cause of the collision. This is a fast paced and complex investigation that we are working very hard to solve, said Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit of West Midlands Police. He said: I am now in a position to release the details of a specific car we are looking for. I would ask that anyone who has knowledge of a Black Audi A4 S Line Estate car, with the number plate NJ60 UOX, to come forward. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls This car is likely to have significant damage to the front nearside headlight and I would urge anyone who knows where it is currently located to contact us immediately. I would also like to appeal directly to the driver of this Audi to do the right thing and contact police. Police and emergency services rushed to Soho Road at the junction with Thornhill Road in Handsworth just before 4 am local time on Saturday, where Chand was found with serious head injuries. Paramedics took charge but he was pronounced dead a short time later. His family members are being supported by dedicated Family Liaison officers, the local West Midlands Police said. Chand’s family released a picture of him on Sunday and have communicated through the police for their privacy to be respected.