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Newspaper chief seeks €500k over dismissal

THE former CEO of a newspaper claims he was only given six hours to remove his property from his office after his employment was terminated last year.

Brian Nerney (49) is claiming he suffered reputational damage after Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) informed him by letter that he was being made redundant from his €80,000-a-year job and he was not to re-enter the offices of the Roscommon Herald -- where he had worked for 28 years -- after that day.

He is claiming over €500,000 gross in special damages, including payment of contractual entitlements.

TCH says it exercised its statutory entitlement to terminate Mr Nerney's employment on grounds of redundancy and it is denied the purported termination was in breach of the contract of employment.

The case continues.