Charity worker banned from centre in children's photos row
An employee in an Enable Ireland disability centre has allegedly posted photographs of children on social media without permission, the Circuit Civil Court was told yesterday.
Barrister Mary Fay told the court that Enable Ireland Disability Services Ltd had become aware earlier this month that information coordinator Caroline Sheehan, who works at one of its centres at Sandymount Avenue, Dublin, had allegedly posted pictures of children from the centre on her Twitter account.
Ms Fay told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Ms Sheehan had allegedly failed to remove the publicly accessible images of the children, who are under six-years-old, from her Twitter account, despite several requests to do so.
Judge Groarke heard the company was looking for injunctions restraining Ms Sheehan, with addresses at Tritonville Road, Sandyford, Dublin, and Fingal Street, Rialto, Dublin, and who has been suspended on full pay pending an investigation, from attending the Sandymount centre.
The judge allowed Enable Ireland to make its application ex-parte (one side only).
Ms Fay said the images had been posted without permission from Enable Ireland and/or the children's parents.
Enable Ireland claimed Ms Sheehan's alleged the behaviour was in breach of data protection and privacy laws.
The judge heard that Ms Sheehan, when informed of her suspension, had allegedly refused to leave the Sandymount Centre and had needed to be removed on several occasions with the assistance of An Garda Siochana.
In an affidavit John O'Sullivan, national director of services and community fundraising at Enable Ireland, claimed that Ms Sheehan, when being removed by the gardai, had insisted to leave the centre through its front door, in "full view" of children and parents to "draw the most attention to the event".
Mr O'Sullivan claimed that Enable Ireland had needed to engage a private security company for its Sandymount centre following the incidents. The court heard that staff members have expressed concern for their own safety and Ms Sheehan's alleged actions.
The court also heard that Ms Sheehan was not currently authorised or entitled to attend the centre. Judge Groarke granted Enable Ireland an interim injunction restraining Ms Sheehan from entering the centre or any premises owned by Enable Ireland. Directing Ms Sheehan be served with the proceedings, he adjourned the matter to next week.