Fahey, Frank

Thursday, 17 June 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 587 No. 4

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Priority Questions - Oil Prices.

It would be terrible if it lasted longer.More Button

Priority Questions - Employment Legislation.

The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 came fully into effect on 1 March 1998. If an employee considers that his or her employer has contravened the provisions in this Act governing holidays, rest ...More Button

I have no information on convictions at present, but I will provide the information to the Deputy. The working time directive as it applies to doctors in training is a matter for the Minister for Heal...More Button

The matter is under discussion but no agreement has been reached.More Button

Priority Questions - Public Holidays.

The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 provides for the entitlement of employees to the following nine public holidays per year: New Year’s Day; St. Patrick’s Day; Easter Monday; the first Monday i...More Button

There has not been any great demand for an increase in the number of holidays——More Button

——among the social partners. I concur with the views the Deputy expressed about the work and family life balance. The Tánaiste and I have endeavoured to continue to support the further development of ...More Button

The reaction of many people on the employer’s side to the addition of 1 May as a public holiday was that it would have a costly impact on our competitiveness. While everyone would welcome further publ...More Button

Priority Questions - National Minimum Wage.

Discussions regarding the national minimum wage are taking place in the course of the current talks on the second phase of the pay element of Sustaining Progress. As the talks are still ongoing it wou...More Button

It is certainly Government policy that there should be a national minimum wage, unlike the policy of previous Governments. It is for that reason the Tánaiste introduced a national minimum wage in Apri...More Button

The Government is anxious to ensure people on lower pay are adequately rewarded and that every effort is made to ensure the minimum wage increases in line with the consumer price index or by more. Tha...More Button

It is important the gap does not widen. The thrust of Government policy has been to ensure people on low wages are brought up to speed and, in addition, that the tax burden for people on low wages con...More Button

Written Answers - Radon Gas Levels.

The exposure of workers to radon gas in workplaces here is controlled by the Radiological Protection Act 1991 (Ionising Radiation) Order 2000 (S.I. No. 125 of 2000) and is enforced by the Radiological...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

The day-to-day responsibility for the administration and enforcement of occupational safety and health legislation is a matter for the Health and Safety Authority. The legislation includes the Safety,...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Last October the Law Reform Commission prepared a consultation paper on corporate killing. It recommended that a new offence of corporate killing be established and be prosecuted on indictment without...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Schemes.

The participation rates in respect of job initiative participants are as follows: FÁS estimate that there will be an average participation rate of 2,100 on the programme in 2004 and 2,000 participants...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes.

Active labour market programmes includes community employment schemes, job initiative, education and training and back to work programmes. A review of them was mandated by the Programme for Prosperity...More Button

Written Answers - Trade Union Recognition.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 47 together. In my reply to Question no. 56 of 13 May 2004, I identified one meeting that I had in the past five years in which the issue of trade union recogni...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Proposals to repeal and amend the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989 have been developed at departmental level, and the Government has approved the publication of the Safety, Health and Welfa...More Button

Written Answers - Partnership Agreements.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 55 together. Social partnership has made a significant contribution to the Irish economy over the past 17 years. The scope of national partnership has widened a...More Button

Written Answers - Job Protection.

The commitment in the programme for Government was met by the 15% increase in the special income exemption limits for those aged over 65, resulting in an almost doubling of the limits since 1997. The ...More Button

Written Answers - European Council Meetings.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 59 together. The Employment Social Policy Health and Consumer Affairs Council met on 1 and 2 June 2004 in Luxembourg. I chaired the employment items on the agen...More Button

Written Answers - Flexible Work Practices.

The development of work-life balance policies in Ireland is addressed on two fronts: through appropriate legislative measures which provide for statutory entitlements such as maternity leave, adoptive...More Button

Written Answers - National Minimum Wage.

The national minimum wage in Ireland is €7 per hour. The table below sets out the monthly minimum wages in euro in the US and the EU member states and candidate countries with statutory national minim...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

According to the Health and Safety Authority’s records, six inspections were carried out at the national car testing centre in Deansgrange, County Dublin, comprising three routine inspections for comp...More Button


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