Garbhan Downey v Culture Company 2013 Limited
Legal BodyNorthern Ireland Industrial Tribunal (NIIT)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionUnfair Dismissal, Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures)
The Claimant was a Director in the respondent company which was created by Derry City Council in order to deliver the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture 2013. In April 2012 the Company received significant funding from DCAL, of which it was agreed 15% would be specifically spent on marketing the City of Culture. The claimant cited this condition as a legal obligation he believed was to be broken and so he revealed an internal letter to The Press claiming he feared there was going to be ‘misappropriation of public funds’. He claimed that his ‘whistleblowing’ was a protected disclosure under The
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