Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

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A double killer turned unionist election candidate who was was sacked from his job as an alcohol abuse adviser for allegedly “drinking on the job” has lost an unfair dismissal case.

Bobby McConnell — a convicted UFF killer and controversial choice as an Ulster Unionist candidate in Belfast in this year’s council elections — has had his case dismissed in a Fair Employment Tribunal ruling.

McConnell was recently selected by his local UUP constituency association to stand in the Court area.

The 56-year-old — jailed in 1982 for the murders of Protestant nationalist politician John Turnley and Larne Catholic Rodney McCormick — was sacked from his job as director of a drugs and mental health awareness project in February 2009.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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