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Seanad Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 22 Mar 2022

Vol. 284 No. 10

Redundancy Payments (Amendment) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages

I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Troy, to the House. It is good to have him here.

Sections 1 to 5, inclusive, agreed to.
Title agreed to.
Bill reported without amendment.

When is it proposed to take Report Stage?

Is that agreed? Agreed.

Bill received for final consideration.

When is it proposed to take Fifth Stage?

Is that agreed? Agreed.

Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."

My colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy English, could not be here. On his behalf I thank the Senators for their time today and in their deliberation of the Bill on Second Stage. I also thank my colleagues in the Dáil. This Bill has broad support and is welcome legislation. It ensures employees can be protected where through no fault of their own they were laid off temporarily because of Covid-19, and they will now have financial compensation if subsequently made redundant. This is a recognition that it came as a result of State intervention arising from the pandemic, and employers will not be on the hook for the payment.

This is a very welcome development and there are necessary protections in place for employees but it does not put undue financial pressure on an employer. We hope many employees will retain their employment now that Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and the economy is fully open again. Unfortunately, because of a change in circumstances some people will be made redundant. It is important for protections to be put in place for such employees. The economic indications remain positive and employment rates are high. We want to ensure this continues. I thank Senators for ensuring the swift passage of the Bill through Committee and Remaining Stages this evening and for their support on previous Stages.

I take all the nodding and positive reaction around the room as agreement with the Minister of State's remarks. There is no need for elaboration.

Question put and agreed to.
Cuireadh an Seanad ar fionraí ar 6.22 p.m. agus cuireadh tús leis arís ar 7 p.m.
Sitting suspended at 6.22 p.m. and resumed at 7 p.m.