Workers demand Independent Inquiry into accusations of county council bullying

‘Workers deserve dignity and respect’

SIPTU representative Ger Malone speaks to Gript about ongoing accusations of bullying, withholding of wages, and malfeasance by county council officials. Malone says she is fighting for worker’s rights to dignity and respect in the workplace. 

Colm Brennan says he has worked in difficult circumstances in his position with Carlow County Council. He says he has spent years trying to resolve workplace issues, and that the experience has taken a huge toll on himself and his family.



Edward Burke who has worked for Kilkenny County Council for 28yrs says he was not paid overtime wages, and that he was accused of misconduct at work after he pursued the issue. He says the stress of dealing with the situation caused him severe anxiety.


Local trade union representative Richard Burke says he wishes to highlight ‘systemic abuse’ within the local authority. He says he did not receive adequate covid pay after becoming seriously ill during the pandemic.


John Nolan says Kilkenny county councils are breaking national agreements and are privatising local jobs. He says privatisation costs more while having a negative effect on contracted workers who lose out on wages and opportunities.


Former Kilkenny County Council employee Leo Hogan, says his life has changed for the better after resigning his position. The former traffic warden says he was asked to issue fines in the absence of bylaws and that he was bullied by senior officials. He says he suffered from anxiety and was hospitalised after collapsing on the street.




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