Responsibility for employment rights, redundancy and insolvency recently transferred to my Department from the Department of Social Protection, and the recommendations made in the Duffy-Cahill report, the Terms of Reference of which were quite narrow and specific, are currently being revisited.
I have also asked the Company Law Review Group, as per the Programme for Government, to look again at aspects of Company Law in this area.
Ministers of State Damien English and Robert Troy jointly met with employer and union representative bodies on the 4th of November to begin a discussion on the various legislative provisions that deal with redundancy and insolvency from both a company law and employment law perspective.
I am informed it was a positive and constructive meeting with the stakeholders, where the discussion focused on identifying whether there are gaps or weaknesses in either body of legislation. I understand that consultations and discussions are ongoing on the matter.