Leyden, Terry

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 205 Nbr. 10

Order of Business

Will the Leader investigate when the Colm McCarthy report on the sale of national assets is expected to be before the Government? I hope we will have a debate on the question of our national asset...More Button

We should have a debate on the sale of local authority houses. In a sale of the century, we could get rid of the State’s rented houses and let individuals develop those houses via insulation...More Button

I found Mr. Kevin Myers’s article in yesterday’s Irish Independent quite offensive to members of Fianna Fáil.More Button

It was incitement to hatred and——More Button

——I hope someone will take an action against the newspaper.More Button

Order of Business (Resumed)

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work: Statements

I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Calleary, and wish him continued success in his important Ministry and meeting the other responsibilities thrown on top of him. He has broad shoulders on wh...More Button

The directive was debated in 2008 and agreed in 2009 and is being implemented as fast as possible in the House. However, introducing legislation to implement European directives takes time. Altho...More Button

The directive aims to ensure the protection of temporary agency workers by ensuring the principle of equal treatment is applied across the board. It will enshrine in EU and Irish law the principle...More Button

I draw to the attention of Members some of the provisions of Article 6 of the directive. It states: “Temporary agency workers shall be informed of any vacant posts in the user undertaking to give ...More Button

Another important provision of the directive provides for equal treatment for agency workers in actions taken to combat discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs,...More Button

The directive has the capacity to slow the race to the bottom in terms of workers’ rights. Harmonising workers’ rights laws across the European Union will help to prevent unfair compet...More Button

It is right that Ireland is introducing this legislation. Irish workers have travelled the length and breadth of the world to obtain employment, including Britain and the United States of America....More Button

My father was a member of the Cuffe Street union of bricklayers and stonemasons and at the forefront in dealing with labour issues when the question of “wet-time” was introduced. Probably no one i...More Button