asked the Minister for Labour if he will, as a matter of urgency, enter into discussions with the former employees of Lemons Sweets to examine the feasibility of claiming moneys outstanding by the firm under the Protection of Employees (Employers' Insolvency) Act, 1984, in view of the hardship being experienced by many of the staff.
Written Answers. - Dublin Factory Former Employees.
The Protection of Employees (Employers' Insolvency) Act, 1984, provides that certain outstanding entitlements may be paid from the redundancy and employers' insolvency fund where the employers concerned have become insolvent, for the purposes of the Act, on or after 22 October 1983. Lemon and Company Limited was put into receivership on 5 September 1983 and under the terms of the Act the company must be deemed to have become insolvent on that date. Accordingly, as the date of insolvency was prior to 22 October 1983 I regret that it is not possible to consider applications for payments under the Act to the former employees of the company.