Hand loses battle with FAI over €65k job
FORMER Republic of Ireland soccer boss, Eoin Hand has lost his two year long battle with the FAI to hold into his €65,000 per year post.
This follows the Labour Court over-ruling a decision by a Rights Commissioner last year that Hand be re-instated with the FAI on a contract of indefinite duration.
For Hand – who was denied leading Ireland to the 1982 World Cup on goal difference – it marks a sour end to his FAI relationship.
The 68-year lost his role in 2012 with the FAI when he was a victim of association cutbacks.
Now, the Labour Court recommendation report shows that Hand employed Dublin legal firm, Kane Tuohy Solicitors in a bid to hold onto his job.
Hand was successful when a Rights Commissioner determined that he was an employee with the FAI and should be re-instated.
However, the FAI appealed the decision and the Labour Court has now overturned the Rights Commissioner ruling after two days of evidence from six witnesses, including Mr Hand. The Labour Court upheld the FAI's view that Hand was at all times a consultant for the organisation and could not be deemed an employee.
Hand was initially paid a retainer of £9,500 plus expenses per annum for his 'Career Guidance Officer' role with the FAI in 1999, to advise young footballers looking to turn professional.
The Labour Court said that the payments were then 'modest', pointing out that Hand also had a deal with RTE as a pundit, and was paid an annual retainer by a sports management company.
The Court also revealed that in 2002, the FAI sought to treat Mr Hand as an employee. However, the court states that Mr Hand's accountant successfully advancing the case to Revenue that he should be treated as a self-employed consultant and not an employee brought benefits to him in terms of tax treatment of his income and brought cost disadvantages to the FAI.