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Mandate saddened by passing of Mel Corry

Jan 14 2021, 10:50    MANDATE

Mandate is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our brother Mel Corry yesterday afternoon after a short battle with Covid. Mel had been working for Trademark Belfast as a tutor on Mandate’s education courses since 2013 where our staff and our members had the pleasure of learning from a trade union […] The post Mandate saddened by passing of Mel Corry appeared first on Mandate Trade Union Ireland.


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