Dundalk FC CEO settles claim

A ROW between the owner of Dundalk Football Club and a former air hostess over the lack of payment of a judgment made last year following an employment tribunal has been settled before going into court.

A ROW between the owner of Dundalk Football Club and a former air hostess over the lack of payment of a judgment made last year following an employment tribunal has been settled before going into court.

Gerry Matthews was due before Dundalk District Court over a claim by Lisa Kelly that he failed to pay her €40,000 that was awarded to her last year when a judge concluded that she had been unfairly sacked.

The case was settled without disclosure before going to court on Wednesday.

Last year a court heard how Matthews, an uncle of Ms Kelly’s boyfriend, had instigated an affair with Ms Kelly in 2007. It lasted nearly a year before Ms Kelly ended the relationship.

The tribunal ruled that Kelly was fired by the club’s CEO “by reason of the ending of the personal relationship between her and one of the directors”.

It also found that club CEO Gerry Matthews had wrongly “acted as adjudicator in the claimant’s dismissal when he had a personal interest in the matter”.

It rejected Matthews’s claim that Kelly blackmailed him by threatening to tell his wife about the affair when he refused to withdraw a verbal warning over her performance as the club’s marketing manager.

The tribunal also rejected his claims that she withheld €50,000 in sponsorship funds from a local businessman in her own bank account unless he lifted the warning.

The tribunal also heard evidence from the club promotions officer who testified that Kelly had become increasingly difficult to deal with since mid-2007 when she alleged the affair began.

The tribunal found in favour of Kelly and she was awarded €40,000, a figure which she had launched civil to recuperate.