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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 2 November 2021

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Questions (38)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Question:

38. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the reason Ireland is not a signatory to the Employer Sanctions Directive; and the other EU employment directives that Ireland has yet to transpose and is late in transposing. [53105/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

At the relevant time in 2011, neither Ireland nor the UK opted into the Directive, under the provisions of the protocol to the Treaties on the special position of Ireland and the UK. The Employer Sanctions Directive falls within the area of freedom, security and justice and Ireland availed of its right not to participate primarily because of its unique relationship with the UK.

The Department of Justice is responsible for any review of this position and queries regarding its transposition should be directed to the Minister for Justice.

In terms of my Department's responsibilities, work is well advanced on the transposition of the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive, EU Directive 2019/1152, which has a transposition deadline of 1st August 2022. A public consultation was held on this Directive inviting submissions from interested parties and this recently closed on 25th October. Work will continue on the drafting of relevant legislation to transpose the Directive to meet the deadline.

All other directives in the area of Employment Rights under my policy remit at this time have been transposed.

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