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Former East Derry MLA Gerry Mullan Speaks Out Following An Industrial Tribunal

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Gerry Mullan MLA
Gerry Mullan MLA

Former East Derry MLA Gerry Mullan who has been embroiled in a very bitter battle with members of the Dallat family since his election to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2016 has at last decided to speak out after an industrial tribunal claim brought against him by the daughter of his former party colleague John Dallat has been dismissed by the Industrial Tribunal Commission. Mr Mullan said:

“Only after serious reflection have I decided to speak publicly about the traumatic circumstances in which I found myself following my election to Stormont last year and from the effects of which I am still recovering.“

Addressing the matter of the industrial tribunal, in particular, Mr Mullan continued by saying:

“The fact that one of the most stressful and potentially damaging episodes for both my entire family and myself has at last been brought to its rightful conclusion gives me no great pleasure or cause for celebration. Rather, I simply feel relieved that, in this instance, justice and common sense have prevailed and the possibility of any further financial or emotional burden in this regard has thankfully been removed. Defending myself against, what was essentially, totally vexatious and unfounded charges of discrimination and unfair treatment has proved to be very costly both in terms of legal fees and the stress that automatically accompanies such matters.”

Speaking, however, about events that led up to the acrid split between Mr Mullan and Mrs Dallat O’Discroll, Mr Mullan went on to say:

“Only now that the matter of the industrial tribunal claim brought against me by Mrs Helena Dallat O’Driscoll has been dismissed do I feel able to speak openly about the undue pressure inappropriately placed on me by her father to employ her as my office manager in the first place and, subsequently, the venomous and vitriolic backlash that was unleashed against me when I didn’t comply with his wishes and she was granted a more subordinate role instead. In almost twenty very enjoyable years in local politics in which I have faced many challenges from political opponents and been in many unsavory situations I have never in all that time witnessed such malevolence or such a vicious and personal attack as that inflicted on me by a fellow party member who enjoyed full support from the party hierarchy including the party leader Colum Eastwood in carrying out his merciless crusade. I have always believed that the industrial tribunal claim brought against me was merely a smokescreen to prevent me from putting matters of public interest into the public domain with regards to Mr Dallat’s dubious behavior following his daughters failure to secure the position they both thought would be a mere formality. The snap Assembly Election in March 2017 was the ‘lucky break’ that allowed Mr Dallat to use his influence within the party to have his name on the ballot paper once again, thereby enacting ultimate revenge for daring to disregard his wishes and follow proper procedures in keeping with Assembly regulations instead.”

In conclusion, Mr Mullan said:
“I regard myself fortunate to have escaped relatively unscathed from the ordeal that I have endured at the hands of my ‘supposed’ political allies and have managed to retain my dignity and integrity throughout. Having already resigned from the sdlp over the whole sordid affair and with the benefit of hindsight, I firmly believe that I am the one who has made the real ‘lucky break”

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