Air Corps officer wins order to overturn dismissal
An Air Corps officer has won an order overturning a decision to dismiss him from the Defence Forces over allegedly using abusive language to his superior officer.
Comdt Niall Donohoe (48) was found guilty by a court martial in 2010 of calling his superior officer, Lieut Col Gerry O’Sullivan, an abusive name at Baldonnel on January 30th, 2009.
The court martial was told he had said to Lieut Colonel O’Sullivan “you’re a little prick” or words to that effect, after he was given a negative appraisal of his performance.
Comdt Donohoe had used the words “a little prickly”, it was argued.
Mr Justice Liam McKechnie, with Mr Justice Brian McGovern and Ms Justice Maureen Clark, found in favour of Comdt Donohoe on grounds related to the composition of the court martial.