Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (292)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

292. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the timeline for the review and updating of the Employment Permits Act 2006. [25489/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Review of Economic Migration Policy which was completed in 2018 found that, overall, the State’s vacancy-led employment permits system provided a robust basis for the management of economic migration, but that the current legislation imposed a degree of inflexibility on the operation of the system. The Review contains a range of recommendations to adapt the system to make it more agile, and easier to modulate to meet changing economic circumstances, and proposes that changes to the Employment Permits Acts 2003-2014 be made to give effect to those recommendations. A commitment to implement the recommendations of the Review is included in Future Jobs Ireland 2019.

Work has begun on consolidating the existing legislative framework and on identifying the changes required to implement the legislative recommendations in the review. This is a priority for me and I have asked my officials to complete this work as soon as possible, so that drafting of the new Employment Permits Bill can commence. It would be my intention to publish the revised Employment Permit Bill during quarter 4, this year.