Worker told that Labour Court award can not be enforced

first_imgNewsWorker told that Labour Court award can not be enforcedBy Staff Reporter – October 17, 2014 1325 by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK worker who was awarded €5,000 in an unfair dismissal case, has been told that a Circuit Court judge cannot order her employer to pay her the money.The woman, who had less than 12 months employment at the Limerick-based company, was granted a hearing before a Rights Commissioner as she was unable to bring a case to the Employment Appeals Tribunal because of the short term of service she had with the company.The Rights Commisioner ruled that she had a causable action because she was treated unfairly by her employer.At Limerick Circuit Court last week, Judge Carroll Moran heard from Maria Lane, BL for the aggrieved woman that she had taken her case to the Rights Commissioner last year after her employment was terminated by her then employer.After consenting to engage with the process, the employer was found to be in breach and the woman was awarded €2,000 in compensation. She appealed the award and judgement to the Labour Court and it subsequently increased the amount of compensation to €5,000.Following the appeal, the employer failed to engage with the process further and “simply ignored all correspondence” sent from the woman’s legal team in an effort to claim the money.She was now asking the court to enforce the order under section 13 of the Industrial Relations Act as the employer had fully engaged in the process but then withdrew from it.Solicitor for the employer, Pat McHugh said the woman had no rights to bring the motion before the Circuit Court judge as the award from the Labour Court was only a recommendation and therefore not bound by legislation. He added that there was no provision in law for the woman to request a Circuit Court judge to enforce the decision.After Ms Lane said it was the only way to ensure the Labour Court recommendation was enforced, Judge Moran said that despite the history of the case, he had to refuse the application for want of jurisdiction”.An application by Mr McHugh to have the court costs paid by the woman was refused by Judge Moran who made no order on costs. WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleInvestigations continue into fatal road crashNext articleLimerick father of five shot at over drug debt owed to ‘Fat John’ Staff Reporter Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Email Print Advertisementlast_img read more

National Perseid Meteor Watch This Weekend

first_imgUnstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Advertisement ASTRONOMY Ireland is asking members of the public all across the 32 counties to watch the best meteor shower of the year “The Perseids” and count how many they see every 15 minutes. This is fun and has great scientific value.“Last year I was seeing 15 to 20 meteors every 15 minutes for several hours which is about 20 times what one would normally expect to see,” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine. “Many of them were extremely bright, which is what this shower is noted for,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The counts by members of the public are extremely useful to scientists as it allows the strength of the shower to be monitored from year to year. “This is how we know the Perseids always put on the best show of the year in August for many years. So there is great scientific value in simple counts done with nothing more than a clock and normal eyesight. No binoculars or telescopes should be used.” said Mr Moore.In 2018, the Perseids peak on Sunday night August 12th, but rates should be at least half as good on the night before and after Sunday night. “This is very useful, given the Irish weather, when the best night can often be clouded out, but the nights before and after Sunday night i.e. Saturday and Monday nights should still give 10 times more meteors than on a normal night,” said Mr Moore.“All people have to do is count how many ‘shooting stars’ (meteors is the correct term) they see every 15 minutes and send them to Astronomy Ireland’s website that night or the next day. The results of the nationwide survey will be published in Astronomy Ireland magazine which is archived in the National Library of Ireland for all time.” said Mr Moore.Perseid meteors can appear anywhere in the sky but their paths all point back to the constellation of Perseus in the northeast, but you can view any part of the sky, not just the northeast. A sun lounger is great for watching in comfort and avoiding neck pain.If a family group are viewing (a great idea) each person should keep their own count and not include meteors seen by others if they did not see them for themselves.Conditions are ideal this year with no Moon to brighten the sky and drown out the fainter Perseids. Those in rural locations with dark skies will get the best views but even city dwellers will see plenty. You can view all night long or just for one 15 minute interval if you wish. Skies will be dark enough from 10pm to 4am and the later you view usually the more you will see.Perseids are caused by sand grain sized particles that fell off a comet called Swift-Tuttle centuries or millennia ago. Every August the Earth ploughs through the orbit of this comet sweeping up this dust at a closing speed of over 100,000 miles per hour and the tiny particles vaporise instantly from friction with the upper atmosphere. There is no danger in watching them as they burn out 50 to 100 miles above the ground, 10 times higher than a jet aircraft.“This is a ‘celestial fireworks’ display provide free of charge by mother nature. We urge everyone on this island to spend at least an hour or two on Saturday, Sunday and/or Monday nights witnessing this natural spectacle.” said Mr Moore.Full details are online at where you can also submit your counts to be a part of National Perseid Watch 2018. Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TAGSAstronomyLimerick City and CountyMeteor Shower center_img Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleTraffic chaos predicted for MungretNext articleUpdate: Visitor Restrictions at UHL Staff Reporter Print NewsCommunityNational Perseid Meteor Watch This WeekendBy Staff Reporter – August 10, 2018 2164 WhatsApplast_img read more

Antiques Appraisal Night Draws Large Crowd to Senior Center

first_imgMore than 75 people packed the Ocean City Senior Center to hear about antiques and their value and to have their own treasures appraised. Mark Walberg and his “Antiques Road Show” crew were nowhere to be found, but the Ocean City Senior Center’s Antique Appraisal Night on Thursday did not take a back seat to the popular PBS television show.More than 75 people packed the Center for the event, and a like number of items were on display for appraisals from local experts. It was held in conjunction with the Ocean City Historical Museum.Al Crescenzo and wife Sandra were typical of the group. Al, a docent of the museum and Vice President of its board, brought a German Bible that had belonged to his late uncle Louis Grisafi. The small book, bearing the date 1856, was a souvenir of World War II.Al Crescenzo and wife Sandy, of Ocean City, had a German Bible appraised at $150Grisafi, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, picked up the Bible somewhere during his war journeys and held onto it until his death approximately 20 years ago. Crescenzo inherited the book and held onto it since then.“I have absolutely no idea what it is worth, which is why we brought it here tonight,” Crescenzo said. The items were discussed and appraised by Bruce Dooley and Bill Booth of Elwood Antiques. Dooley offered a disclaimer that some items, such as paintings by artists they were not familiar with, would require further research.  And that many items simply aren’t worth what many owners expect.“There are retail values, which you aren’t going to get unless you sell the item yourself, wholesale values, insurance value if you were going to replace the item and fair market value,” Dooley said. “We will try to do our best to present a fair market value. Some of what you hear will be good, and some of it will be bad.”An example of the latter was a beautiful set of dinnerware, which was appraised at the same approximate price it was purchased for.“Really there is no market for dinnerware like this,” Dooley said. “When people ask me if there is anyplace they can take something like this, I tell them to guilt somebody in your family to take it,” he said, drawing a big laugh.Bruce Dooley (left) and Bill Booth of Elwood Antiques put on an entertaining at the Ocean City Senior CenterFor more information on Elwood Antiques, visit their Facebook page: items included everything from antique furniture worth hundreds of dollars to glassware worth no more than $5.A group of beer steins from Germany were valued at $20 each, with the exception of an older one that predated World War II ($40).And what of Crescenzo’s German Bible?“Normally Bibles don’t have a lot of value, but because of this one’s age, and its wonderful condition, I would value this one at $150,” Dooley said.last_img read more