Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 717 No. 2

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  420.  Deputy Phil Hogan  Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the process for appointing persons to the Employment Appeals Tribunal; who have been appointed to the Employment Appeals Tribunal since the start of 2009; when they were appointed; who appointed them; the remuneration arrangements that exist for appointments to the Employment Appeals Tribunal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34922/10]

Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (Deputy Dara Calleary): Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  The Employment Appeals Tribunal was established under the Redundancy Payment Act 1967. The Tribunal consists of:

1. A Chairman who before appointment shall have at least 7 years’ experience as a practising barrister or solicitor;

2. Vice-Chairmen who are either barristers or solicitors with at least 5 years practice;

[542]3. Ordinary Members.

Under the Act, all appointments are made by the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Innovation. The Minister’s power to make appointments is delegated to the Minister for Labour Affairs. Appointments of the Chairman and Vice-Chairs are at the sole discretion of the Minister. Under the Act, half of the Ordinary Members are “. . . persons nominated for that purpose by an organisation representative of trade unions of workers” and half are “. . . persons nominated for that purpose by a body or bodies representative of employers”. Members of the Tribunal are paid for their services on a per diem basis, the rates for which are set by the Minister for Finance. The current rates are, as follows:

Position Nature of Fee Current Rate
Chairperson Sitting 591.10
Conference 140.76
Vice Chairperson Sitting 381.34
Conference 113.11
Member Sitting 193.24
Conference 97.57

Members of the Tribunal are also eligible for reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses in accordance with the rates which are set by the Minister for Finance.

There were no appointments to the Tribunal in 2009. With the exception of the position of Chairman, the membership of the Tribunal fell to be renewed on 30 January 2010. I appointed those named as follows to be Members from that date.

Appointments in 2010

Sinéad Behan Graham Hanlon Roderick Maguire
Kieran Buckley Eamon Harrington Seán Mahon
Ann Marie Courell David Herlihy Jeananne McGovern
Fíona Crawford Elva Kearney Saundra McNally
Dorothy Donovan Margaret Levey Mark O’Connell
Catherine Egan James M. Lucey Moya Quinlan
Veronica Gates Dermot MacCarthy Nicholas Russell
Bernadette Glynn Orna Madden Jeremiah Sheedy
Pamela Clancy Dara Hayes Jeremiah O’Connor
Charles Corcoran Patrick Hurley Peter J. O’Leary
Emile Daly Mary McAveety Joe Revington
John F. Fahy Penelope McGrath Thomas Ryan
James Flanagan Eamon Murray Tony Taaffe
Myles Gilvarry Niamh O’Carroll Kelly
Clodagh Gleeson Leachlain S. Ó Catháin

Employees Panel
Frank Barry John Flannery Patrick King
Thomas Brady Tom J. Gill Sean Mackell
Eveta Brezina Helen Henry Máire Mulcahy
Alexander Butler Thomas A. Hogan Helen Murphy
J. Finbarr Dorgan Suzanne Kelly Séamus O’Donnell
Patsy Doyle Tony Kelly Ciaran Ryan
Mary Finnerty Frank Keoghan David Thomas
James Dorney Joe Maher Owen Nulty
Noel Dowling Mary Maher Michael O’Reilly
John Flavin Dominic McEvoy Patrick Trehy
Noirin Greene Michael McGarry Gerard Whyte
Jim Jordan Alice Moore Owen Wills
Hilary Kelleher Jim Moore Paddy Woods
Rosabel Kerrigan Phil Ní Sheaghdha

Employers Panel
Gerard Andrews James Hennessy Tom O’Grady
Pat Casey Ben Kealy James O’Neill
John G. Flanagan Finbar Moloney Patrick Pierce
Moss Flood Desmond Morrison Robert D. E. Prole
Angela Gaule Michael J. Murphy John Reid
James Goulding Michael Noone Declan F. Winston
Eamon C. Handley William O’Carroll Joe Browne
Con Lucey Tadg O’Sullivan Michael Carr
Gerry McAuliffe Dermot Peakin Frank Cunneen
Cyril McHugh Peter J. Pierson Thomas L. Gill
Don Moore William Power Don Hegarty
Roger F. Murphy Máire Sweeney John Horan
Aidan O’Mara Liam Tobin J.J. Killian
Neil Ormond Jean Winters

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