A court has found supermarket chain Dunnes Stores was justified in dismissing a café restaurant manager alleged to have consumed food with a combined cost of €29 (£26) without paying for it.
In the case, Dunnes sacked Karen Walsh in July 2017 concerning four separate alleged incidents at a restaurant at a Dublin Dunnes Stores outlet.
Dunnes alleged that on May 26, 2017, Ms Walsh selected food valued at €5 and ate it without paying.
Dunnes alleged Ms Walsh on June 15, 2017, prepared food for herself valued at €5 and went to the staff canteen where she ate the unpaid-for item.
On June 16, 2017, the company alleged Ms Walsh - who began working for Dunnes Stores in 1996 - prepared food, valued at €5, for herself and didn't pay for it.
On June 18, 2017, Dunnes Stores alleged that Ms Walsh prepared food valued at €14 and ate it at the staff canteen without paying for it.
In its findings, the Labour Court said the allegations underlying the dismissal were uncontested.
Dunnes Stores submitted that the incidents were reported to management by various members of staff.
In the Labour Court's findings, chairman Kevin Foley said the court was satisfied the conduct of Ms Walsh "could be regarded as sufficiently grave to give rise to serious disciplinary sanction".
Mr Foley said Dunnes had substantial grounds to justify the dismissal of Ms Walsh.
Ms Walsh claimed she was unfairly dismissed and challenged the dismissal on procedural grounds. She was appealing a Workplace Relations Commission finding.