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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 7 July 2015

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Questions (172)

Brendan Smith


172. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will ensure that his Department and the relevant statutory agencies provide all appropriate supports to employees of an insurance company (details supplied) who face redundancy; the meetings and advisory sessions that have been held to date by officials of his Department and the relevant agencies with these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27691/15]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

My Department has been in touch with the relevant bodies in this case, to ensure that this company’s staff are aware of their entitlements and the range of assistance and services generally which are available from the State.

The National Employments Rights Authority, which is an Agency of my Department, have made themselves available to deal with any employment rights issues which may arise for the staff impacted by this decision.

The Department of Social Protection has already been in touch with the company with a view to arrange briefing sessions for employees. These briefings are due to commence this week, and will advise the employees who opt for voluntary redundancies on the Intreo process, on jobseeker’s payments and on redundancy entitlements, as well as information on other schemes. One to one consultations will also be arranged with the employees.

The Guidance Staff of the Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) have already made contact with the company, with a view to establishing the precise number and timescale of impending job losses. In due course, the CMETB will provide individual appointments and follow-up meetings as well as collective staff briefings on emerging up-skilling and re-skilling opportunities.

The CMETB Skills for Work Programme will also be available in this case. Tailored Training Programmes will also be designed and delivered in light of emerging opportunities in relation to training needs being identified.