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High Court case against Dromoland Castle settled

The finance manager of the world famous Dromoland Castle hotel has settled her High Court action aimed at preventing her purported dismissal.

Orla Horgan applied to the High Court for an injunction preventing her employer, Dromoland Castle Holdings Ltd from terminating her employment as finance manager.

She claimed she was being made “a scapegoat for fraud at the Five Star hotel” due to suspicious transactions carried out by another employee in the finance department which she had “nothing to do with”.

Her lawyers had previously secured permission from the High Court for service of the proceedings at short notice on her employer. The matter returned before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan at the High Court today (Tuesday).

Oisin Quinn, SC for Ms Horgan, said the action had been settled and could be struck out.

Mark Connaughton, SC for Dromoland, said his side were consenting to the case being struck out.

No details of the settlement, which are understood to be confidential, were revealed in open court.

Ms Horgan of Station Road, Askeaton, County Limerick, launched proceedings after she was informed she is to be dismissed from her position on July 1 next. Fearing damage to her reputation Ms Horgan’s lawyers claimed the termination of her employment was unlawful and her employer is not entitled to proceed in this way.

Since 2006 Ms Horgan’s has had responsibility for the accounting functions at Dromoland Castle in Newmarket-on-Fergus, the court also heard.

By Aodhan O Faolain


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