Belfast Telegraph

Panel member quits McCartney job tribunal

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

A tribunal being taken by the sister of IRA murder victim Robert McCartney is due to resume today after a member of the panel voluntarily withdrew.

Catherine McCartney — whose brother was murdered in Belfast in January 2005 — is suing her former employer Women Into Politics for unfair dismissal, harassment and discrimination.

She is also taking an employment case against the Training for Women Network which she alleges conspired with her employer to dismiss her when her contract expired last September because of her family’s campaign to bring her brother’s killers to justice. Both respondents reject the allegations.

The case was adjourned yesterday before any evidence was heard. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education and Learning said: “Mr Gourley withdrew as a panel member because of his involvement in another case as a panel member, which could have led to a perception of a conflict.”

On Monday Ms McCartney told the hearing she had been excluded from a trip to Brussels, had telephone conversations recorded and had complaints compiled against her without her knowledge.

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