Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (717, 718)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

717. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to an email (details supplied); his views on the issues raised therein in regard to the corporate governance of the NMBI; and the steps he will take to address same. [13243/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Clare Daly

Ceist:

718. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention was drawn to an email by a person (details supplied); if so, the action undertaken by his Department following his attention being drawn to same. [13244/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 717 and 718 together.

I am informed that there is no record of the e-mail supplied by the Deputy being received by the Department. However, my Department is aware of the general nature of the issues raised in that e-mail. The e-mail relates to the handling by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) of an employment law matter which has been before State's industrial relations bodies.

Responsibility for ensuring that the NMBI complies with its obligations under the Code of Practice for the Governance for State Bodies, including issues relating to employment law, rests with the Board of the NMBI. I have no role in the day to day management of staffing issues in the NMBI.

Finally, as this matter referred to in the details supplied has been the subject of an industrial relations dispute, it is worth remembering that both the Labour Court and the Workplace Relations Commission are independent, statutory bodies. Given their statutory independence, I have no role when the bodies exercise their quasi-judicial functions in relation to industrial relations disputes or employment law complaints.