‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her go

first_imgEmail Twitter Previous articleStrong element of organised crime in sex industryNext articleLimerick Permanent TSB jobs saved admin WhatsApp Linkedin “I was called in and told I was being suspended from the nursing home for the comfort of the client,” she told the Limerick Post.Ms Barry contacted Employment Rights Officer, Frank McDonald, who said: “I told the company they couldn’t suspend her when she had done nothing wrong. Besides which, they had followed no procedure, no warnings of any kind. When I told them that the suspension was illegal, they said they had used the wrong words, that she was actually being laid off”. The company offered a number of alternative hours but, “there was no way I could do them without getting childcare which I couldn’t afford and there were too few hours.”Ms Barry and Mr McDonald asked the company to take part in an hearing with a rights commissioner, but they declined.‘They are entitled to do that so we are considering gong to the Labour Court,” Mr McDonald said.In the meantime, the laid-off worker says “I want justice. I’ve lost my job because I did the right thing and now I’m at the loss of my wages. I want people to know this has happened,” she said.After the Limerick Post first printed her story in May, this newspaper was contacted by an officer of the National Employment Rights Authority, who was in turn put in contact with the whistleblower.A spokesperson for the company said: “We are aware of Ms Barry’s claims, and are dealing with the matter through the appropriate mechanisms”.Lisa Barry protesting outside Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd, John’s Gate, with from left; Frank McDonnell, Limerck Resource Centre, her daughter Ali, partner Damion Mansfield and Cormac Ronan. Facebook NewsLocal News‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her goBy admin – July 26, 2012 1167 A CONTRACT cleaner who claims she lost her job because she reported an incident of elder abuse, staged a protest outside her former employer’s office this week. Lisa Barry claims she was effectively fired after reporting an alleged incident in which a staff member at a Limerick nursing home caught an 80-year old woman by the arm and threw her into a chair, as reported in the Limerick Post in May. The lone parent has not worked since she lost her job with the city-centre based Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd. earlier this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Printlast_img read more

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Local musician keeps rocking despite all odds

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Many different types of artists call the Sunrise Side home. One of those is Rock ‘n’ Roll Musician David Rude.He’s been a musician his whole life, and he’s not letting any roadblocks get in his way. Rude has enjoyed playing guitar and rock ‘n’ roll since he was kid.“I’ve always been into music for as long as I can remember,” said Rude. “At the age of four or five, I would pick up a tennis racket, and the tennis racket was my guitar, and I would strum to it.”The Alpena native has been busy preparing a new horror-punk rock album with the help of local musicians. This will be his third album as a solo artist. He draws influence from old horror films to create his music. It’s a niche musical scene in the punk category of rock.  He’s already released three singles entitled “Lucky Stars,” “Black Lagoon,” and “Bride of the Reanimator.”Rude’s music has been heard all over the world. His sounds have traveled online and to different radio stations, including stations in New York. His wife, Colleen, helps master all of his tracks and is one of his biggest supporters.“Learning it and being able to put it forth and show something that I’ve done is really, really inspiring for me and probably my children,” said Colleen Rude.Many people do not know that David has been living with two autoimmune conditions for 20 years. Rude has been on disability which has given him time to pursue his passion in music. The United States Army Veteran has had to undergo surgeries and infusions due to his health problems, but that hasn’t dampened his spirits.“I’d like to look at life in a more positive way,” said David Rude. “I’d say “yeah, I’m sick, but whatever, that doesn’t define me,” I can rise above that and just make the best of what I’ve got with the cards that I’ve been dealt.”David has just enough fuel to continue to perfect his craft and do what he loves.“I just start writing songs, get up in the morning, pour coffee, start working on a song, and that’s it,” said Rude. “I don’t take my gifts to my grave, and every year, I’ve got to write these songs and put out these CDs, and it’s a beautiful thing.”Rude also plays in a few local bands around town. You can catch him and the North Country Burnouts at the Black Sheep on Saturday night. Catch his new album towards the end of February. For more updates on the musician, visit his Facebook page David Rude.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Black Lagoon, Bride of the Reanimator, David Rude, Dream, Horror Punk Rock, Local musician, Lucky Stars, Music, Musician, New Album, Punk, Rock ‘n’ RollContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Thursday, January 31Next Alpena Township property owners meet to express dissatisfaction with new blight ordinancelast_img read more

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