Louth bank manager loses dismissal appeal

Bank of Ireland was entitled to sack a branch manager it suspected of colluding in tax evasion and money-laundering, the High Court has ruled.

24th February, 2013

Bank of Ireland was entitled to sack a branch manager it suspected of colluding in tax evasion and money-laundering, the High Court has ruled.

Mr Justice Daniel O'Keeffe, in a 61,000-word judgment, said that John Higgins had not acted "with integrity and honesty", and his "knowing and repeated breaches" of procedures amounted to gross misconduct.

Higgins had asked the court to prevent his dismissal as manager of two Bank of Ireland branches in Co Louth...

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