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Lifeline paid €100,000 in dismissal claims
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From today's Sunday Times:

Lifeline Ambulance, the private ambulance firm run by businessman David Hall, has paid more than €100,000 to settle unfair dismissal claims brought by two managers who claimed they were sacked after they made allegations of "serious wrongdoing" against Hall in a protected disclosure to Revenue.

The fact that settlements were paid out by Lifeline to staff is noted in its recent filed annual accounts. Hall, who has come to public prominence as an advocate for heavily indebted mortgage holders, is the larger provider of private ambulance services to the HSE through Lifeline.

The firms townformer managers, Mick Dougan, its assistant managing director, and Séan Clarke, its former director of ambulance operations, came to prominence last year when they brought circuit court action to prevent Hall making them redundant, on the grounds they were being targeted for whistleblowing.

In affidavits opened in court the managers alleged Lifeline paid staff in mileage expenses in place of taxable income. Dougan claimed the firm had not been tax compliant for "many years". Hall denied the allegations.

Judge Francis Comerford said he was satisfied there were substantial grounds for believing their dismissal last July was wholly or partly because of a disclosure they made to Revenue last January about alleged wrongdoing by Hall.

Although no cost of the settlement of the men's unfair dismissal claims was revealed in the accounts, The Sunday times had established it was more than €100,000 and included a confidentiality clause.

Last week Revenue declined to say if it was investigating the men's claims. Hall said Lifeline did not have any ongoing employment-related disputes.

The accounts showed Lifeline increased its net assets to €319,640 up from €106,794. Hall and his wife, who are the company's only directors, were paid €247,465 up from €209,996. Halls said Lifeline performed well over the last year.

Land registry documents show that in 2015 Hall sold part of the property used for Lifeline's headquarters in Leixlip, Co Kildare to Martin Hayden, a senior counsel. The property had been financed through mortgages from Ulster Bank. The amount of rent paid by Lifeline to Hall has dropped from €116,000 in 2015 to €12,000 last year.
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