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Bruton, Richard

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Business of Dáil (Continued)

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Confidence in Taoiseach and Government: Motion (Continued)

I honestly say that the Taoiseach has exceeded all expectations. I can say that with some justification, as I have previously been one of his critics. He has been immensely strong at a time when ...More Button

Parties opposite state that they are anti-austerity. Everyone is anti-austerity, but policies based on spending one's way out of trouble when one is already spending 50% more than one is accruin...More Button

Instead, the Taoiseach understood that we could not build over the old fault lines of the property culture left by Fianna Fáil. We needed to create entirely new sectors. He has driven the hunge...More Button

Remarkably, the recent budget, which was slated by the troika for not taking a further €2 billion out of our economy through taxes and spending cuts, saw us restoring €1 billion thanks to our pro...More Button

When I listen to the parties opposite, I never hear a word about the importance of enterprise. The truth is that it is enterprise that will create employment. There is no Sinn Féin policy on en...More Button

I am a long time in politics and have seen many glossy statements of intent being published by Ministers in a blaze of glory, only to see them shrink away when things fail. Under the Taoiseach's...More Button

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Water Services Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

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Employment Rights

Was asked: if the procedural process of a claim made to the Labour Relations Commission in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 will be expedited in view of the fact the person making the claim ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware the Labour Relations Commission is a statutory body independent of my Department in the performance of its functions. I am informed that the Labour Relations Commission has ...More Button

If a party to a complaint before one of the workplace relations adjudication bodies wishes to request that the hearing of the complaint be expedited this matter should be referred directly to the...More Button

Community Enterprise Centres

Was asked: the reason for the delay in funding a new round of the Business Development Management Programme funded by Enterprise Ireland for Community Enterprise Centres in view of the fact that previous fund...More Button

I understand from Enterprise Ireland that since the launch of the first Community Enterprise Centre scheme in 1989, Enterprise Ireland has approved €64 million for the development of Community Ente...More Button

On the wider issue of the Centres, the success levels, occupancy levels and sustainability of jobs at the Centres varies and therefore I have asked Enterprise Ireland to review the operations of ...More Button

There are a number of dimensions to this issue such as the role of other players such as the Local Authorities, private sector involvement and the level of supply and demand for business space in...More Button

The Action Plan for Jobs 2014 includes a commitment to develop a framework for Regional Enterprise Strategies that will enable us to better integrate the efforts of the enterprise development age...More Button

I have been actively working on a template for the development of Regional Enterprise Strategies and it is my intention that this framework will be applied initially on a pilot basis to produce a...More Button

Insolvency Payments Scheme Payments

Was asked: the recourse available for persons (details supplied) to have their successful claim for unpaid wages against their former employer enforced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the provisions of Section 8 of the Payment of Wages Act 1991 a Rights Commissioner’s decision may be enforced as if it were an order of the Circuit Court. A formal request for such an order ...More Button

Where a person’s former employer was a limited company, the company must be in liquidation or receivership in order for the person to be eligible to claim under the insolvency payments scheme. I...More Button

There are companies which cease trading without engaging in a formal winding-up process and in some such cases those employers may owe monies to their employees. Such employees are not eligible ...More Button

I am informed that the Department of Social Protection is currently reviewing the position to establish what, if anything can be done to progress payments to individuals in these situations. The...More Button

Was asked: his views on introducing a mechanism whereby persons due money under the Payment of Wages Act 1991 and the payment is not forthcoming from the former employer, payments due under this act can be pa...More Button

The Payment of Wages Act, provides that an employee can pursue a claim in respect of any particular unlawful deduction or payment before the courts, or before a Rights Commissioner, but not before ...More Button

Work which I am currently undertaking on the reform of the State’s employment rights and industrial relations structures is at an advanced stage. Provision has been made in the Workplace Relatio...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, my colleague, An Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, has responsibility for the Redundancy Payments Acts 1967-2014 and the Protection of Employees (E...More Button

Joint Labour Committees Agreements

Was asked: the steps he has taken to ensure the hospitality sector are engaging in agreeing a new joint labour committee for the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Section 41A of Industrial Relations Act 1946 (inserted by Section 11 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012) provides that reviews of each Joint Labour Committee (JLC) be carried out by t...More Button

In this context, the Labour Court recommended that the Hotels JLC for the Dublin area should be abolished and that the Hotels JLC for outside of Dublin should be retained and its Establishment Or...More Button

With regard to the two Catering JLCs, I accepted the Labour Court recommendation that the existing scope and structures remain in place and that one person be appointed to chair both JLCs in orde...More Button

Industrial Relations Officers of the Labour Relations Commission have been appointed to the positions of JLC Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.More Button

Under the Industrial Relations Act 1946, it is a matter for the Labour Court to ensure that equal numbers of representatives of workers and employers in the relevant sectors are on each of the JL...More Button

In terms of the hospitality sector, Judicial Review proceedings seeking to have the decision to reconstitute the Hotels JLC quashed have been launched by William Neville & Sons Properties Ltd, tr...More Button

It should be borne in mind that JLC Establishment Orders provide in themselves only a framework within which employers and employee representatives can come together voluntarily and negotiate ter...More Button

This process sits very much within the context of Ireland's voluntarist system of industrial relations.More Button

Trade Data

Was asked: the current status of Irish trade with Iran; the extent of Irish Government and its agencies' efforts to explore and promote Irish goods and services in contacts with the Iranian authorities; his p...More Button

In 2013, the value of exports to Iran from Ireland was €57 million. The main products exported were soft drink concentrate and medical and pharmaceutical products. Imports in 2013 from Iran amoun...More Button

An Fhoireann Rannach

Níl an fhaisnéis atá iarrtha ag an Teachta ar fáil toisc nach bhfuil post ar bith laistigh de mo Roinnse a bhfuil inniúlacht sa Ghaeilge mar réamhriachtanas dá chuid. More Button

I gcomhréir lenár gcuid oibleagáidí faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003 tá mo Roinnse tiomanta don chumarsáid le cliaint ar mian leo a gcuid gnó leis an Roinn a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge....More Button

Lena chois sin, dhearbhaigh suirbhé ar bhaill foirne a cuireadh i gcrích in 2012 le heolas a fháil faoi leibhéal an éilimh á bhraistint ag an Roinn ar sheirbhísí trí mheán na Gaeilge, gur fíoríse...More Button