Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (305)

Finian McGrath


305. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding sick leave. [9696/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) is independent in the exercise of its quasi-judicial function and I have no direct involvement in its day to day operations. It is long established practice that Ministers do not get involved with its adjudication function. The matter referred to here is in fact an ongoing partially heard case before the EAT. I understand that the claim was received by the Tribunal on 27th March 2011, under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007 and the Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967 to 2007. A hearing of these claims took place on 13th February, 2013, during which evidence was heard from the claimant. The case was adjourned and is scheduled to be resumed at a later date.

As this matter remains before the EAT as a case which is awaiting final adjudication, it would therefore not be appropriate for me to comment on the specific circumstances of this case.