My office has been in correspondence with the person involved following upon his writing to me on this issue on the 19 September last. The person in question, who has lost their job, has sought to have the matter settled, ideally, through mediation. Officials of my Department brought the matter to the attention of the Labour Relations Commission and the Commission has offered to make the resources of the workplace Mediation and Conciliation Service available should this person wish to avail of its assistance in seeking a resolution in this manner. Details of where further assistance may be sought and how to make an application for the above services were included in my letter.
While providing assistance in the resolution of individual and collective disputes falls within the purview of my Department, issues with regard to Bord Gáis Éireann and Irish Water are a matter for my Ministerial colleagues Pat Rabbitte, TD, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources, and Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government respectively.