Browne v Iarnród Éireann - Irish Rail [2013]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    IEHC 620
  • Legal Body
    High Court of Ireland (IEHC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Redundancy, Contracts of Employment
Issues covered: Breach of Contract; Voluntary severance

Iarnród Éireann sought volunteers for redundancy. The plaintiff showed an interest and received an estimate of the package to be expected. He asked to proceed and received a “Voluntary Severance Offer”. He signed the paperwork and returned it. 

Mr Browne was informed of his termination date and set about making arrangements. He later got a call (on the day of his daughter's wedding) from a manager stating that his voluntary severance package had not, in fact, been approved and that he was obliged to return to work. He did return ( in fact, Mr Browne continued in employment until he retired in 2009 at the age of 65 in the usual way) but was not happy and the matter was referred to a

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This article is correct at 07/02/2014

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