Thursday, 28 November 2019

Questions (38)

Bríd Smith


38. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the meetings or discussions he has had with both Bord na Móna management and a person (details supplied) on the planned job losses at the company and the ending of peat harvesting; if the issue of negotiations with workers' representatives was discussed; if the issue of retraining workers affected was discussed or raised by him or his officials; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49390/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I have met with the Bord na Móna management and representatives of the Bord na Móna workers on a number of occasions in the last number of months. The most recent meeting was on Monday, 11 November, when myself and a number of my Cabinet colleagues visited the Lough Boora Discovery Park and Lough Ree Power station.

I met with Mr Kieran Mulvey, in his role as the Just Transition Commissioner, last Thursday and will continue to engage with Mr Mulvey as the details of his role as Just Transition Commissioner are finalised in the coming weeks.

In relation to industrial relations matters referred to in the Question, these issues are operational in nature and a matter for the Board and management of the company. As I have no statutory function, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on such matters.