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Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 381.  Deputy Jack Wall Information on Jack Wall Zoom on Jack Wall  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  his views on a matter (details supplied); the plans he has to address the issue as outlined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16755/12]

 382.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  when a person (details supplied) in County Wexford will receive redundancy payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16829/12]

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 402.  Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a community organisation (details supplied) in County Wexford receiving Government funds, has failed to implement Labour Court recommendation number LCR19755, in respect of redundancy pay and the steps he is taking to ensure that publicly funded bodies abide by Labour Court rulings. [16498/12]

 416.  Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if he is concerned by the failure of an organisation (details supplied) to fulfil the terms of a Labour Court recommendation; if the organisation is in receipt of funds from his Department via POBAL or otherwise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16672/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan I propose to take Questions Nos. 381, 382, 402 and 416 together.

I am aware of the Labour Court recommendation in the case in question. The position is that neither my Department, nor the former Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, was the employer of the staff members referred to in the Labour Court recommendation. The individuals were employed by an independent company, limited by guarantee, and had employment contracts with that company. Therefore, any employment matters are solely for the board of the company. Section 2(3) of the Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007, provided that “The Minister shall not be, or be deemed to be, an employer, within the meaning of the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001 Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001, by virtue of the provision of funding to a person or persons under any scheme.” The Department, at the time, supported the company to ensure that statutory redundancy payments were made available having regard to the impact of the job losses incurred as a result of the reduction in programme funding to the company.

In the latter part of 2008, the level of service required by the then Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs was significantly redefined in light of development across a range of programmes and schemes, some of which were delivered by Pobal. This reduction in the level of service requirement had a consequential impact on the costs associated with the delivery and administration of programmes and had implications for Pobal. A consequence in prioritising funding for frontline services was a reduction in the services required of Pobal requiring the company to restructure its operations and reduce related staff numbers. Pobal was in a position to fund the enhanced redundancy arrangements concluded with its Union representatives from contingency funds it had accumulated over its years of operations. No direct funding was made available by the then Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department of Finance or any other Government Department or Body to meet the redundancies which arose from the restructuring of Pobal.


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