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Written Answers. - Redundancy Levels.

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 No. 4

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 54. Mr. R. Bruton Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton  asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Information on Mary Harney Zoom on Mary Harney  the level of notified redundancies in each month for 2000, 2001 and 2002; the date on which these figures are published each month; and the website on which they are posted. [18700/02]

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Harney): Information on Mary Harney Zoom on Mary Harney The redundancies notified to my Department for each month of 2000, 2001 and 2002 to end September were as follows:[1166]

  2000 2001 2002
January 1,723 1,424 1,928
February 1,199 1,052 2,097
March 1,438 1,494 1,638
April 1,068 1,791 2,592
May 944 1,628 3,318
June 920 1,628 2,230
July 1,171 2,000 2,355
August 757 1,506 1,522
September 925 1,498 1,561
October 938 1,740  
November 1,341 2,638  
December 892 1,429  
Total 13,316 19,828 19,241(to-date)

Note: It is important to recognise the limitations of the figures quoted of notified redundancies. They relate to proposed redundancies not to actual redundancies. Redundancies notified during a month may relate to cases which on examination by the Department are found not to be qualified redundancies. The notifications may not include redundancies arising from lay-off and short-time working and redundancies which are in dispute between employer and employee and which require to be resolved by reference to the Employment Appeals Tribunal. They do not include the following categories of employees – employees with less than two years eligible service with an employer, employees who are under 16 years of age or employees who have reached the qualifying age for old age pension.

These monthly figures are normally published on the third or fourth working day of the subsequent month. The figures are made widely available to the media, the social partners, researchers and the Central Statistics Office who publish them in their Statistical Bulletin and post them on their website. Their website address is Their telephone number is (021) 4535000 – contact Labour Market Section or Information Section.

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