Sacked airport worker now to lose his home

Former City of Derry Airport worker Alex Duffy poses with former Girls Aloud star, Nadine Coyle after the Sons and Daughters concert in January. Alex was later sacked after posting the picture to social networking site Facebook.

Former City of Derry Airport worker Alex Duffy poses with former Girls Aloud star, Nadine Coyle after the Sons and Daughters concert in January. Alex was later sacked after posting the picture to social networking site Facebook.

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A Derry man who lost his job as an airport security officer after posting a picture of himself and Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle on Facebook, has revealed that he now looks set to lose his home.

Alex Duffy, who has been unemployed since being sacked from City of Derry Airport in January, said he has been handed an eviction notice on his rented house.

Mr. Duffy said he has been unable to meet his rent and utility bills due to his reduced income and his landlord has instructed him to move out of the property he has lived in for the last year. He is now looking for alternative accommodation.

“This whole thing is just snowballing, first my job, then the house,” he said.

Mr Duffy was dismissed from his job on grounds of ‘gross misconduct’ for posting a photograph of him posing with Nadine Coyle on Facebook within the airport’s security area.

He had received a written warning eight weeks previously instructing him not to post airport company business on social networking sites.

Following a disciplinary procedure - which Mr. Duffy described as “railroading’ - his employment was terminated. His case has since been reported by news outlets as far away as Australia.

“It’s mad. My girlfriend’s cousin contacted us to say she had seen the story on the news in Australia. I know it has made the newspapers there as well.”

However, according to Mr Duffy, he has received an outpouring of support from the general public. “The Derry public have been great, many even contacted the airport and let their feelings be known,” he claimed.

Mr. Duffy claimed that “insult had been added to injury” when airport authorities requested a fee for providing documents relating to his case.

“I applied for all documents related to the case and they provided everything except the picture. They sent me a letter telling me I had to pay £10 for it,” said Mr. Duffy who is now preparing to take his case to an industrial tribunal.