Yes, I too would sleepwalk naked into a hotel room for €10 million; how to raise money in the recession

By Aisling | November 23 2010 | 27 Comments

donal kinsella

Imagine him standing over you with his lad in his hand

Jesus Mary and Joseph, babby Jesus and the Trocaire box.

The IMF are not only at the door, they are IN the door and no one in the country is looking forward to the budget. Bertie Ahern left the country the worst nightmare of a legacy possible and Cowen and Co are still staunch in their denials that they did anything wrong. Anything at all.

Although we are screwed there seems to be people out there who are still exploiting our deeply flawed system to make money. We are a compensation culture and looking at the payouts that are awarded to people I’m not surprised.

The case of the mining boss Donal Kinsella who sleepwalked starkers into the company secretary’s bedroom (Deirdre) while on a jolly to Mozambique is a case in point. He fumbled around her door not once, but three times and ended up in all his glory standing over her bed.

The horror!

Anyway the company issued a press release referring to “the incident” in Mozambique, and to cut a long story short Kinsella sued his former employer and the court decided he was due ten million in compensation.

Now I think SHE should have been awarded the compensation. She had to suffer the sight. I would have awarded her a generous payout – what would you have done?

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27 Replies to "Yes, I too would sleepwalk naked into a hotel room for €10 million; how to raise money in the recession"

  • Kirstie says:

    this story is just BONKERS.

  • Acat says:

    Ah in fairness he also turned up a male collegues doors that night, not mentioned in very many reports.
    Yes he should have put clothes on, yes she should have locked her door, yes he might be a dirty old man. But should have been dealt with legally, not with a press release. If the girl was genuinely shocked/scarred she might have had a chance at getting some justice then. Definitely think she is due some compensation from the company for the way it was managed.

    Manky sight tho, poor girl! I would prob be washing my eyes with demosteos!

  • BerG says:

    Beggars belief. The justice system in this country is as Kirstie says BONKERS. The company made a huge mistake in the management of this issue. The woman involved deserves at least half that award.
    What amazes me is how they came to the pricely figure of 10 million.

  • Kirstie says:

    I’d happily look at all sorts of mickeys for 10 million.

  • PinkPanther says:

    WHAT?? Dirty old perv sexually harrasses female employees and gets 10 million? Obviously she should have got compensation, though not to the tune of 10 million.

  • Steph says:

    It’s a crazy amount of money but I can’t understand why they sent around a press release on it! And what the heck was in the press release?

  • cornflakegirl says:

    He was awarded €1 million compensation because the press release made him seem like a sex offender. The jury stated that the other €9 million was awarded as a result of how he was treated/portrayed throughout the trial. Think the jury may have been using this as a test case to show that you can’t get away with saying just anything in a courtroom. The jury also stated that they believed that the press release intentionally(sp?) made Mr Kinsella sound like a sex offender and it was not simply an oversight on the company’s part.

    The company are appealing the award so guess we’ll have to see if he’s awarded the same by the High Court. It’s possible that they lower the amount but it’s also possible (as unlikely as it is,) that they award him more compensation. He has been given half a million euro up front until this has been heard by the High Court.

  • PinkPanther says:

    But if the shoe fits…

  • Glamazon says:

    Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Mickey Money doesn’t it?

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