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Irish Prison Service to pay €85,000 to three employees over equality issues

The three cases were taken to the Equality Tribunal on gender discrimination grounds.

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THE EQUALITY TRIBUNAL has upheld three complaints against the Irish Prison Service and has directed it to pay out €85,000 in awards to three employees.

The November judgements, published this morning, were all filed as employment equality cases.

Anne Delaney and Monica O’Sullivan Byrne both took cases over working conditions and promotion opportunities. They were awarded €40,000 and €25,000 respectively.

Julie Madden also took a case after she was unsuccessful in her application for promotion. She had applied for an allowance-carrying post in the Detail Office but was not appointed. Two junior male officers were successful in their applications. The Irish Prison Service was directed to pay her €20,000.

During the month, the Tribunal upheld or part-upheld ten complaints awarding €162,200 to the complainants.

Read: Human rights training course launched for prison staff

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