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Sacked bar manager loses appeal over thousands of missing pints

The Employment Appeals Tribunal rules a Cork barman was not unfairly sacked after being warned over ‘poor stock control’.

A BAR MANAGER has failed in his bid to overturn his dismissal from a pub in Douglas, Co Cork – where he was let go after a series of stock-takes showed that thousands of pints of alcohol had gone missing.

John O’Mahony claimed he was unfairly sacked from O’Driscoll’s Bar after nine successive monthly stocktakes underlined missing alcohol – which at its height saw 400 pints’ worth of alcohol go missing in a single week.

The Irish Examiner (print edition) reported the argument of the bar’s owner Liam Fahey, who said he had hired O’Mahony to try and rescue an ailing business but instead found it had “fallen apart” with poor attention paid to stockkeeping levels.

Fahey said he had given O’Mahony repeated warnings that the poor stock control was unacceptable; the manager accepted that the stock levels were his responsibility, but claimed only dishonesty among other employees could be to blame.

Read more on the appeal in today’s Irish Examiner >

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