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Mr Sweeney was expelled from the union for a period of fifteen years. He made six complaints alleging that the union had breached its rules in relation to its internal disciplinary procedure. The Certification Officer upheld the complaint in relation to Mr Sweeney’s appeal against expulsion not having been convened within the required time limit but dismissed the five other complaints. The Certification Officer made an enforcement order that the determination of the appeal panel be set aside and that the claimant’s appeal be re-heard within two months of the date of his decision.