Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Relations Legislation.

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asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce what progress has been made concerning the proposal to amend the legislation dealing with industrial relations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Consideration of whether changes in the existing legislation are necessary is proceeding but I am not yet in a position to make a statement in the matter.

Can the Minister say if he has received any proposals from the other side in this matter?

As the Deputy is aware, I directed particular attention to the position of C.I.E. and its workers originally. I have received proposals in one connection but I have not received proposals in the wider issue. As the Deputy is further aware, the Federation of Employers and the Congress of Irish Unions are at present in consultation to see whether they can establish a basis for better relations generally.

Would the Minister say whether he hopes that any amending legislation will be introduced before the Summer recess?

I cannot hold out hope in that direction. As the Deputy will appreciate, this is a matter which must be examined carefully and without any haste whatever. As I pointed out to Deputy Cosgrave, since the two parties in labour relations are at present in conference, it would, I think, be advisable to give them a full opportunity of examining the whole position.

Is it likely there will be any legislation before the recess?

I have no doubt it is unlikely.