Boss's fines hugely reduced
A BUSINESSMAN who failed to keep records on his employees, had fines of € 7,000 reduced to €700 on appeal at Wexford Circuit Court.
Christopher Lawlor was convicted in the District Court on seven counts of failing to keep records in relation to employees at his place of business in Crossfarnogue, Kilmore Quay in July 2010. He was fined € 1,000 on each of seven offences in the case brought by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.
He appealed the fines in the Circuit Court last week before Judge Barry Hickson.
In reply to State Solicitor Kevin O' Doherty he explained that a receiver was appointed to the business.
He said there was a lot going on at the time and everything was in turmoil.
There was a mountain of paper work.
He told the court that his only source of income was from casual work and he had never received one penny from the State.
The State solicitor told Judge Hickson that he had power to mitigate the fines.
' The District Court might have taken a different approach if it had known about this man's personal circumstances,' said Mr. O' Doherty.
Judge Hickson allowed a year to pay the reduced fines.