Waterways Ireland facing bullying charge

There’s trouble brewing at one the cross border authorities, Waterway Ireland. Two former employees are threatening legal action.

One of the complainants is Brian McTeggart, former corporate services director of the body. He made allegations concerning senior appointments, bullying and management of the organisation in 2003, prompting government departments north and south to jointly order an outside investigation.

The subsequent lodging of an industrial tribunal case by Mr McTeggart followed the termination of his senior role with the cross-border organisation. He was moved back to a Northern Ireland government department in late 2004. His secondment with Waterways Ireland was ended against his wishes and his appointment as corporate services director was axed.

Mr McTeggart’s tribunal case is due to begin in Enniskillen today, although it is not clear if evidence about his complaint will be heard at this stage.