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Stop picking on me

first_img Previous Article Next Article Stop picking on meOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Bullying at work is not just bad practice, it  is now officially illegal following a recent Scottish judgment.Advice is given on how to help both perpetrator and victim.  By Gillian Howard Up to one in 10 people suffers from workplace stress and bullying, leadingin some cases to unemployment or hospitalisation, according to a reportpublished late last year by the International Labour Organisation. In thereport, which covers surveys from five countries, the ILO says that this costsindustry and taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Stress, burnout anddepression now affect one in 10 workers, with depression second only to heartdisease in disabling conditions. And new research from the Trades UnionCongress suggests that stress and long hours are caused by poor management. Thereport, Work smarter – an end to burnout Britain reveals that six millionworkers believe their bosses do not know how to manage staff. TUC general secretaryJohn Monks called for efforts to curb stress and the long-hours culture. In another survey the UK Mental health charity Mind report that 27 per centof people questioned said they would rather lie to their boss than say they hadto take time off work because of mental stress. What do the courts say? In the first case on bullying to be heard by the House of Lords – Waters v.Metropolitan Police Commissioner, 2000, IRLR 720 – the Law Lords held that anemployer could be held negligent if that employer failed to protect an employeeagainst victimisation and harassment which caused either physical or mentalinjury. This was, held the Lords, particularly the case where an employer knew orought to have known that an employee or several employees were carrying outacts during their employment which could cause physical or mental harm toanother employee and that employer “did nothing to supervise or preventsuch acts when it was in their power to do so”. It could also be negligent on the part of an employer if it was foreseeablethat the employee in question would be bullied or victimised or retaliatorymeasures taken against them and the employer took no protective steps toprevent or reduce that conduct. What steps should an employer take? This case makes it clear that an employer can only avoid being heldnegligent if there is a clear recognition within the employment that bullyingcan take place, what it is and how the victim can seek help and assistance fromsenior management. Management must have policies in place to act swiftly once bullying has beendrawn to their attention. In the first instance an independent and sensitiveinvestigation should be carried out including interviewing all relevant staff,both current and former employees, in order to obtain a balanced picture of thealleged bully and of his or her past activities. Contemporaneous witnesses will be particularly important to interview. Theywill be work colleagues, friends or close family to whom the victim hasreported the bullying. It is unlikely that there will be any eye witnesses. The policy on bullying should emphasise that, if possible, the victim shouldkeep records of what has been said and done to them so that a clear account canbe put to the alleged bully. In investigating accusations of bullying, records such as appraisals will beimportant to ascertain whether any unfairness or punishment has been meted outby way of – An unfair appraisal – A poor salary increase or bonus award – Increasing the workload unfairly or excessively – Deliberately isolating or eliminating the victim from legitimate businessmeetings, etc Employers must ensure that victims are removed from the stressfulenvironment or, better still, the bullies are removed from the workplace andoffered psychological counselling and interpersonal skills training andpossibly cognitive behaviour therapy in order to help them modify theirbehaviour. If (or when) these claims succeed, the damages are normally high as victimsmay never work again and their physical and mental health can often bedestroyed. Scottish case confirms bullying is unlawful If further proof was needed that the courts are now taking bullyingseriously, then the recent Scottish Court of Session (the Scottish equivalentof the English Court of Appeal) confirms this. In Cross v. Highlands and Islands Enterprise, 2001, IRLR 336, the Court ofSession has ruled that where an employer knew or should have known that theworking conditions in which they required an employee to operate were sostressful that it was objectively likely that, over time, the employee wouldsuccumb to psychiatric illness and who nevertheless continued to subject theemployee to those conditions despite growing signs that he or she wasdeveloping such psychiatric illness, that employer would be liable for any lossand damage suffered by that employee. While the court recognised the difficulty of proving that the illness wasforeseeable and that the work situation was the primary cause of thepsychiatric illness, the court held that the standard of care expected of anemployer was that to take such care as a “reasonably careful employerwould take in the circumstances”. In the case of James Cross, he sadly committed suicide after complaining tohis immediate boss, colleagues and family that he could not cope with his job.He had complained to his GP that his workload was too heavy, that he lackedproper assistance and had inadequate secretarial support. After nearly three months off sick, he was certified as significantlyimproved by his doctor and signed fit for work. In this particular case hisemployers took all reasonable measures including ensuring that his supervisorspent the whole of his first day back at work organising his workload byreducing the amount and eliminating the difficult more cognitive work, givinghim more procedural tasks to work on. Despite all this support and assistance some two months later he shothimself. The employer was not held liable for his suicide in light of all the stepsand measures they had taken in this particular case. The normal rule of the “egg shell skull” principle also applied.Thus if an individual was more susceptible to bullying or stressful conditionsthan others and the employer knew of those susceptibilities, then the employerowed a higher duty of care to that individual. So if employees return to work following a spell of sickness absence for”stress” or anxiety or depression, it is essential that reasonableadjustments are made to their work and workplace in order for them to easetheir way back into work. What is a bully? There have been many descriptions of bullies but typically they will – Make life difficult for their staff – Shout in front of others to get things done – Refuse to delegate when appropriate – Block promotion or refuse to give fair appraisals, pay or bonus awards – Exclude the victim from legitimate business activities – Criticise unjustly, and – Constantly attack that member of staff in terms of their professional orpersonal qualities The effects of bullying The health effects are self-evident. Most people who are bullied suffer frominsomnia, anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure, skin rashes, bursting intotears, palpitations, sweating and loss of self-confidence. Often the victims ofbullying will choose to leave their jobs rather than allow the bullying tocontinue, fearful that complaining will merely make it worse. The role of occupational health The role of occupational health is often crucial as this may be the victim’sfirst port of call. Careful medical notes must be kept and very careful consideration of whetherto report the facts of the allegations to management will have to be made. In the first instance of course the patient’s informed consent should beobtained. However if this is not forthcoming then resort may have to be made inthe form of discussions with human resources or senior management about thetime-honoured hypothetical case of bullying. However, in very serious cases where there is a real risk of suicide orimminent or other serious danger to the individual or to others, then ifinformed consent cannot be obtained, the occupational health physician may haveto determine whether a limited report should be made in any event. This wouldnormally be done only after discussion with other professional colleagues andperhaps the relevant medical insurance provider. Remember, in law, once one member of staff knows about the facts, theorganisation is deemed to know. And, in law, constructive knowledge of bullyingwould satisfy the foreseeability test. – Tim Field at www.successunlimited.co.uk– Several trade unions including UNISON, MSF and the GMB have very goodbooklets on bullying in the workplace. – ACAS has recently published an excellent booklet entitled “Bullyingand harassment at work – a guide for managers” available on the ACASwebsite www.acas.org.ukGillian Howard is an employment lawyer with Howard & Howard,solicitors The model policy– Define bullying– Give clear and simple guidance on how to complain– Ensure that the matter is investigated fairly– Separate the bully and victim if necessary– Take witness statements from all relevant parties including witnesses whomay have left employment– Analyse exit interview forms and notes– Prepare a formal written document containing the allegations in sufficientdetail and an analysis of the complaint with findings of fact but not aconclusion or recommendation – always being wary of the timing of complaintsand the ripple effect– Share the contents with the victim and the bully– Consider whether medical treatment is necessary or appropriate for thevictim or the bully– Consider cognitive behaviour therapy for those prone to bully– Ensure that victims feel supported at all times and know that they willnot be allowed to be victimised because of their complaints– Train staff by role playing and education– Ensure that the policy is well circulated and kept up-to-date Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Proposed Tougher Maintenance Code for Historic Buildings Tops Council’s Agenda Tuesday

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiOcean City’s historic buildings would have to adhere to the same rigorous property maintenance requirements as their non-historic counterparts under a proposed ordinance up for consideration by City Council.The measure, scheduled for introduction at Tuesday’s Council meeting, would revise the existing property maintenance code to bring historic buildings in line with the rest of the structures in town.“This proposed ordinance would authorize the City’s Code Enforcement officers to require maintenance of historic properties in the same manner and to the same extent as non-historic properties,” Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained in a memo to Council.Council is expected to take an initial vote to introduce the ordinance at its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall. This week’s meeting is being held on Tuesday instead of the regular Thursday session.Once an ordinance is introduced, Council holds a public hearing at a later date before taking a final vote to make it a law.City spokesman Doug Bergen said the proposed property maintenance ordinance comes at the suggestion of the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission. The reason why the commission is pushing for the measure will be disclosed at the Council meeting, he added.The commission oversees construction, rehabilitation and demolition projects within the city’s Historic District. The district’s boundaries roughly run from Third to Eighth streets between Ocean and Central avenues, although there are some offshoots.McCrosson said the city’s property maintenance standards are based on the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code, an umbrella group of standards for such things as basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety.The IPMC primarily deals with the interior of buildings, including the requirement that they have heat. Failure to follow those standards can lead to the city’s code enforcement officers to cite the building owners for violations.McCrosson and Bergen said the city can currently force the owner of a historic structure to correct a maintenance violation only when it would cost more than 25 percent of the assessed value of the building.The proposed ordinance, though, would bring historic buildings under the same maintenance requirements for other properties in town.“The gist of it is, the city can compel the owner of properties that are broken to fix them up,” Bergen said.last_img read more

Buffalo.FM To Offer Free Webcasts For Pink Talking Fish And Melvin Seals & JGB Tonight

first_imgIt’s a big night for live music in Buffalo, NY, as both Pink Talking Fish and Melvin Seals & JGB will be performing at the Iron Works in Buffalo, NY on their ongoing late winter tours. Both bands are certainly unique tributes, with PTF’s hybrid fusion of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish, as well as JGB’s heartwarming tribute to Jerry Garcia’s career outside of the Grateful Dead.With both bands sharing the bill, it’s sure to be an exciting night of music! If you can’t make it out to the Iron Works, fear not! Buffalo.FM has announced live videos streams of both performances, which they will be offering for free! The Pink Talking Fish set starts at 8:00 PM, and Melvin Seals & JGB goes on at 10:00 PM, all times Eastern.You can stream each set in the video players that are embedded below. Enjoy them!Pink Talking FishMelvin Seals & JGBlast_img read more

How I wrote my Harvard essay

first_img Their favorite things Newly arrived first-years share special mementos from home Late nights. Discarded drafts. That one great idea. Most high school seniors would agree that the admissions essay is the hardest part of a college application. The Gazette asked first-year students to reflect on theirs — the writing, the inspiration, the hand-wringing — and the lessons learned.,“I stayed up really late at first, when my inhibitions were down, so I could write without being self-critical and brainstorm ideas.”,“The inspiration just came in waves while I was spending time with my family.”,“It was interesting to go back at the end and see what I had written, summing up my entire life for 17 years.”,“I wrote the essay as kind of a spoken-word poem.”,“I’m more of a math and numbers guy, and I probably went through three or four ideas before I found this one.”,“I wanted it to sound authentic and like my voice.”,“Telling a story about that is much more compelling than trying to fit everything in.”,“I wrote about … how [my mother] inspires me to ask for help, because she had the courage to ask her young daughter for help.” Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Pakistan thrash dismal West Indies

first_img Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img NewsSports Pakistan thrash dismal West Indies by: – March 23, 2011 Pakistan annihilated West Indies by 10 wickets in Mirpur to secure a World Cup semi-final against India or Australia.Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal each took two wickets in an over to bowl out the Windies for 112.Afridi claimed 4-30 to reach 21 wickets in the tournament as only Shivnarine Chanderpaul resisted with 44 not out.Pakistan reached the modest target with 175 balls left, man-of-the-match Hafeez (61) with 10 fours and opening partner Kamran Akmal firing seven fours in 47.The West Indies collapsed to a debilitating 18-run defeat in their group match after losing their final four wickets for three runs and worse followed here, as wickets five to eight went for the addition of just two.After dismissing Bangladesh for 58, the Shere Bangla ground held good memories for the Windies – aside from the stoning their team bus received from irate home supporters after that match.But Sulieman Benn, who took 4-18 on that occasion, was left out of the side and after Darren Sammy chose to bat his team proved they were just as susceptible to disintegration batting first as they are when chasing.Hafeez was brought on for the second over to bowl his off-spinners at dangerman Chris Gayle but the West Indies opener was swiftly dismissed by the seam of Umar Gul.Gayle had already come down the pitch to hit Gul down the ground for four but in attempting a similar stroke two balls later, drove straight to mid-off – it is now 34 innings since the cavalier made a one-day international century.However, Hafeez soon made a dramatic impact with Devon Smith and Dwayne Bravo prodding hesitantly forward and dismissed lbw in the sixth over.Chanderpaul, recalled to the side, had shared six ODI century partnerships with Ramnaresh Sarwan and despite looking in no sort of form, tried valiantly to repair the damage, briefly raising hope with a swipe over mid-wicket for six.But Sarwan cut Afridi high to backward point and the charismatic Pakistan skipper reduced big-hitter Kieron Pollard to a tame bottom edge and removed wicketkeeper Devon Thomas lbw in successive deliveries in his next over.The web of spin continued to tighten its grip and Ajmal’s doosra proved too mysterious for Sammy and Devendra Bishoo to fathom, the secret delivery turning sharply and proving equally lethal to both right and left-hander.Afridi returned to end the innings, bowling Ravi Rampaul round his legs and leaving Chanderpaul, and the malaise was emphasised by a scintillating start from Kamran and Hafeez.The Windies needed something exceptional from paceman Kemar Roach but the Pakistan openers helped themselves to three boundaries apiece in the first five overs of their reply as the fifty stand was soon recorded from 47 balls.Hafeez, deft as well as dynamic, reached his maiden World Cup half century with his ninth four and further demonstrated his exquisite timing with an immaculate drive to the cover boundary from Rampaul’s next ball.Pakistan’s third century stand of the tournament came from 116 balls and they will monitor Thursday’s second quarter-final with interest as they seek to reach the final for the first time since 1999.On Pakistan’s national day Afridi was delighted with the performance and said: “This is the best gift to give to my nation.“There will now be more expectations to go on but I am just thinking game by game. The only thing we can do is give 110%.“Every team from now will come harder and harder. We will just keep making plans for each team and try and stick to those.”Opposite number Sammy lamented: “Throughout the tournament we have lost clusters of wickets. But we have a number of guys under the age of 27 which augurs well and it’s time to build this team and prepare for the future.”Source: BBC Sport 39 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Wallace leveller stuns Leicester

first_img The substitute curled in a delightful 20-yard free kick as the Clarets ended their mammoth goal drought. Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp twice put the hosts ahead only for the visitors to hit back. Ross Wallace’s stoppage-time stunner rescued a deserved point for Burnley from a 2-2 draw at Leicester. Michael Kightly netted the Clarets’ first goal in 47 days when he cancelled out Schlupp’s opener in the first half. The point lifted the Clarets off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, though, but they are still winless this season. Leicester remain unbeaten at the King Power Stadium. They made two changes from their 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace as David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso dropped out. Cambiasso failed to make the bench, despite being available, as Schlupp and Mahrez started. Burnley were still without the injured Dave Jones, Dean Marney and Nathaniel Chalobah and Ashley Barnes and Stephen Ward replaced Steven Reid and Wallace from their 4-0 loss at West Brom. The Clarets were chasing their first goal in 10 hours and 16 minutes in all competitions going into the game and began brightly, with Lukas Jutkiewicz’s cross too strong for Barnes. Burnley did not show any anxiety because of their drought but lacked the quality to make an early difference. And Leicester’s superior attacking threat was evident when Jamie Vardy’s volley deflected wide and Tom Heaton turned Mahrez’s shot wide after the midfielder’s fine run. Then, on 25 minutes, Wes Morgan’s header was blocked by Ben Mee and Liam Moore’s instinctive prod dropped wide. The hosts were reliant of Vardy’s tenacity to create openings with Leonardo Ulloa quiet before Mahrez intervened on 33 minutes. The tricky Algerian was given too much space and he weaved a cross through to Schlupp who turned in from 15 yards. The Foxes were energised but were undone six minutes later when Burnley scored just their second goal of the season. Scott Arfield was given time to find Jutkiewicz in the area and he nodded down to Kightly to slide in ahead of Kasper Schmeichel. But parity lasted just 97 seconds as Vardy swapped passes with Schlupp and his cross deflected to Mahrez to arrow a far post header beyond Heaton. It was cruel on the Clarets but they responded well and Jutkiewicz glanced Mee’s cross wide soon after the break. Nugent replaced the ineffective Ulloa as Leicester sought a game-clinching third but the visitors continued to press without testing Schmeichel. The keeper was scrambling, though when Jutkiewicz spun on the edge of the box and fired just wide with 16 minutes left. The Foxes struggled to create in the second half but Heaton was forced into a scrambling save in the final minute from Moore’s header. But in the fifth minute of injury time Burnley levelled when Jutkiewicz was felled by Matty James and the midfielder found the top corner from the free-kick. Press Associationlast_img read more

9 surreal facts to know about Angels’ no-hitter honoring Tyler Skaggs

first_imgBut by the end of the evening, “one of the most memorable” had become an understatement.On a night filled with untold emotion, the Angels threw a combined no-hitter in a 13-0 win. Related News Autopsy set for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs; Rangers-Angels game to be played Tuesday The  Angels’ game Friday against the Mariners in Anaheim was going to be one of the most memorable in franchise history regardless of the outcome.The night marked the Angels’ first home game since the passing of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead July 1 in a Texas hotel room when the team was on a road trip. All the players wore Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey in his honor, and there was a special pregame ceremony. Here’s how the Angels reacted to the final out of their no-hitter.pic.twitter.com/wRtuCqd2BW— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 13, 2019“You can’t make this stuff up,” Mike Trout told reporters after the game. “(Skaggs) was definitely looking over us tonight. He’s probably up there saying we’re nasty and just what an unbelievable game to be a part of. I’m speechless. This is the best way possible to honor him. It was pretty crazy.”But that’s not where the story ends. The impressive no-hitter brought with it a number significant and unreal facts that were hard to believe. Here’s a look at nine surreal facts to know about the Angels’ no-hitter on the night honoring Skaggs:— The last time there was a combined no-hitter in the state of California was on July 13, 1991 – the day Skaggs was born.The @Angels paid tribute to Tyler Skaggs by throwing a combined no-hitter against the Mariners in Anaheim.The last time there was a combined no-hitter in the state of California? Orioles-A’s in Oakland on July 13, 1991 – the same day Tyler Skaggs was born.#TheHaloWay— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 13, 2019— Friday’s game finished just hours before what would have been Skaggs’ 28th birthday on July 13.— Trout pointed out that the Angels scored seven runs in the first inning and finished with 13 runs. He added, “Tyler’s birthday is 7/13. Tomorrow.”As if tonight couldn’t get any more surreal, Mike Trout brings up the fact that the Angels scored 7 runs in the first and finished with 13 runs. “Tyler’s birthday is 7/13. Tomorrow,” he said. They’d tell you to rewrite this script to make it more believable if you turned this in.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 13, 20— Trout homered in his first at-bat Friday. It was 454 feet, eerily similar to Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey.Mike Trout just hit a 454-foot home run while wearing No. 45.pic.twitter.com/lxxHOSpljl— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 13, 20— Trout drove in another run with a double later in the inning. While he has been dominant the entire season, he has been even more impressive in his last 45 games where he has reached base 45 percent of the time, Yahoo Sports notes.— Friday’s game marked the eighth no-hitter at Angel Stadium, and it was the sixth thrown by the home team, per MLB.com.center_img After Tyler Skaggs’ death, grieving Angels’ win in 9 emotional quotes — Out of the 301 no-hitters in MLB history, only 13 have involved multiple pitchers as it’s hard enough for just one pitcher to be unstoppable, per Yahoo Sports.— With the Angels’ 13-0 win, Friday’s game tied for the fourth-largest margin of victory in any no-hitter in major league history. It was the largest margin since 2016 when the Cubs won 16-0 in Jake Arrieta’s first no-hitter. The largest margin is 18 runs.— Before Friday’s game, the Angels’ largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was a 9-0 win in May 2012, per Yahoo Sports.last_img read more

New Bike Map Improves Navigation for Bicyclists in Thurston County

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Regional Planning Council Starting October 1, pick up a free copy of the new bright and colorful Thurston County Bicycle Map from bike shops, libraries, city halls, community centers, and other locations throughout the county. Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) first produced the map – now in its sixth edition – in 2000. Updated approximately every three years, the map provides up-to-date information on bike lanes, trails, wide shoulders, and other routes commonly used by cyclists. The new map showcases the Lacey and Olympia bicycle streets also known as “bike corridors.” Both cities plan to create more of these corridors that follow existing streets with less vehicle traffic and lower speeds, making them suitable for people who may prefer to ride on less busy streets.  The map also reflects recent name changes to two prominent paved trails:  Olympia and Lacey Woodland Trail, now the Karen Fraser Woodland Trail; and McLane School Forest Trail near Mud Bay, now the Ralph Munro Trail. This 2018 renaming honors the service and contributions of the former Senator and Secretary of State.Beyond bicycling, the map shows all the public parks, boat launches, restrooms, and campgrounds in Thurston County. TRPC partnered with Experience Olympia and Beyond to pinpoint the most visited attractions such as the Olympia Farmers Market, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, the Capitol Campus, and Tumwater Falls Park. “The bike map provides the most complete picture of all the major bicycle facilities –including parks – that our communities offer. For this edition, we expanded the western boundary of the map into Grays Harbor County to include all of Capitol State Forest. The map now shows more trails for mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders, and off-highway vehicles,” shared Paul Brewster, TRPC’s bike map project manager.The paper map divides the county into two views, a detailed look at the north part of the county including Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater and a broader view of the entire county. Users can visit www.thurstonbikemap.com for an online bike route planner. To use, simply input a starting and ending point and you’ll receive a map that includes turn-by-turn directions, total distance, travel time, and an elevation profile of the entire route. “This tool offers people more detail than the paper version. Bicyclists traveling to or from communities like Tenino, Rainier, and Yelm can zoom in to view more streets and community destinations,” states Scott Carte, TRPC’s GIS Coordinator who led map development and design. People can also download a GPS-coded version of the map to their smart phone using the Avenza app and know where they are, even without wireless service.The map includes safety tips, traffic laws, directions for loading a bike on a transit bus, and contact information. Bike map pick up locations, online versions, and more are available at www.thurstonbikemap.com.For further information, contact Paul Brewster, Thurston Regional Planning Council, 360-956-7575.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Girl’s Soccer

first_imgThe Bombers now take their show on the road to Courtney later this month to compete in the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row L- R Camille Gebhart, Naomi Perkins, Paige Mansveld, Alex Dehnel, Maddie Sternloff, Kat Garbula, Kelsey O’Connor, Kyra Burkart, Erica Augsten, Jesse Cooper, Abbie Bourchier-Willans and Coach Jamie Spendlove.Front, Ameeta Bhabra, Calena Marchand, Darian Voisard, Tara Yowek, DAnielle Weist, Claire Haleran, Jena Wheeldon and Keegan Paterson.Missing from photo, Brynn Forsey and Aroha Taiatini-Senechal. There wasn’t much doubt which school in the Kootenays has the best girl’s soccer team.The L.V. Rogers Bombers toyed with the opposition, outscoring their opponents 21-1 en route to the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship.last_img read more

Former Cathaoirleach speaks out on LIS controversy

first_imgThe former Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O’Domhnaill has alleged that there was an “orchestrated” and “pointed” campaign mounted against him regarding the LIS (Local Improvement Scheme) controversy.Speaking at the count centre for the Glenties Electoral Area tonight, he said:“There was without a doubt an orchestrated campaign, both political and personal in the last ten days or two weeks and the media allowed themselves to be used and exploited. But all that said, and I didn’t get a fair hearing… I accept the decision.” He was first elected as a councillor in 2009, before taking the reins from former Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle (SF) last June.Five years ago during the last Local Election, he topped the poll.He arrived at the count centre at around 9pm, after losing his seat at 1,222 votes on the seventh count of this year’s election.He tells Donegal Daily that it has been a difficult few weeks. “Look when I was in there for ten years… I did everything I could. I think that I served the electorate… as well as I could. I had the great honour of being chairman of the council for the last year… I done that as well as I could.”When asked if he would run again in the next election he said it is “too early to say”, but would consider running “down the line.”His priority now, is enjoying spending time with his wife and two children.When asked about how he was supported throughout his political campaign he said that “people are nice and people are genuine and people are sorry for me on a very personal level.”“I can’t put into words the level of anguish and hurt that I feel for not me personally, because I will get over it, but for supporters of mine and family members of mine… they shouldn’t have been put through that.” “Not all the facts of certain stories were always out in the media… it’s difficult for me to comprehend the attacks that were made in a personal capacity on members of my team, my supporters and particularly my family. And if that’s what politics is about…”“I didn’t make personal attacks ever in my ten years in politics on any individual”, he said, adding that he doesn’t believe that this is what politics in Donegal should be about.He described the alleged campaign against him as being “pointed”.“It was a very pointed campaign I suppose, the LIS story, which has gone on since 2017. Some media outlets were happy to run it three and four times, from 2017, [running] the same story but always insinuating that I had done a wrong-doing somewhere.” He said that people can make up their own minds as to whether the story had a political motivation behind it, but added that “I am not going to cast aspersions upon anyone, that is not who I am.”If there is an investigation, he says he is certain that it will show that everything was “above board” and that “I had no hand, act, or part in it.”“I had wanted an opportunity to be able to represent the people of this area because I believe it is the best area in the whole world.“The people have spoken and I accept what they have said and I will take stock of where I will go from now on,” he concluded.He wishes those who were elected the best of luck.Former Cathaoirleach speaks out on LIS controversy was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilSeamus O’Domhnailllast_img read more