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Saturday 16 December 2017

Care workers in legal fight for HSE jobs

SEVEN care workers have taken a legal action in the High Court against the HSE to prevent their dismissal.

The workers claim they were employed by the HSE for the past five to seven years, despite the fact the organisation used agencies to deal with them so as to circumvent the recruitment embargo.

Mel Christle, for the workers, sought an early hearing of the case when it came before Mr Justice Roderick Murphy because he said they had been told their positions would be gone next Monday.

For that reason, he asked that an undertaking be given that their employment would not be terminated in the interim period. Peter Ward asked for time to put in a replying affidavit and said he had to take instruction on any undertaking.

Mr Justice Murphy said he would put the matter in for mention on Thursday.

In an affidavit, one of the workers, Susan Killeen, a social care worker, detailed her employment -- through Don Bosco HR Relief -- at Iolar House Residential Unit for Children in the care of the HSE in Ballygall Parade in Finglas, Dublin. She completed a student placement there in February 2008 and has worked there on several contracts since.

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