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MCD: More Court Dates

As if last week’s “tell that cat to chill” drama with Prince was not enough to be going on with, MCD boss Denis Desmond will find himself back in the High Court again this week facing two different cases. The …

Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 09:51

   

As if last week’s “tell that cat to chill” drama with Prince was not enough to be going on with, MCD boss Denis Desmond will find himself back in the High Court again this week facing two different cases.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday on the action taken by Sophie Ridley, a former MCD event controller, seeking to injunct the company from holding a disciplinary hearing into her performance after an investigation held her responsible for difficulties at music festivals last summer. This investigation was undertaken by former garda commissioner Noel Conroy after “event-control failures” at last year’s Oasis concert in Slane, AC/DC show at Punchestown and Metallica and Fatboy Slim’s gigs in Marlay Park.

Ridley claims she is being “scapegoated” and says the problems at the shows were “organisational matters involving a range of personnel and the failure to properly or adequately resource the concerts”. MCD hotly contest this, saying that their events are amongst “the most generously funded and resourced in the Irish market”. The application for an injunction will be held before Judge Mary Laffoy on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Mc v D case is due back in court today.

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