Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (101)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

101. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional personnel that would be required to give full effect to the working time directive in the Defence Forces; the estimated cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34384/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The Working Time Directive has been transposed into national legislation by way of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997. The Government has committed to amending the Organisation of Working Time Act and bringing the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána within the scope of its provisions and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is the lead government department in this regard.

The application of the Working Time Directive to members of the Permanent Defence Force is also currently the subject of discussions between civil and military management and the Representative Associations. 

Given the ongoing work, it is not possible at this point to provide estimates as requested by the Deputy.