Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (381)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

381. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if there will be job losses, redundancies or voluntary redundancies at Bord Gáis Éireann once the commercial portion of the enterprise is sold; if so, the number of redundancies he expects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4919/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Under the Bord Gáis Éireann (BGÉ) Voluntary Severance/Early Retirement Scheme, which closed for applications in September 2013, 43 applications have been accepted, with employees exiting between 2014 and 2017. This is part of an ongoing drive for operational efficiencies within the company.

It is not anticipated that there will be job losses following the proposed sale of the Bord Gáis Energy, either in the competitive energy business or in the BGÉ gas networks subsidiary company, which is to remain in State ownership.