Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ann Phelan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Labour)
Question 121: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the protocol section of his Department is currently in the process of drafting a protocol in respect of protecting the rights and interests of domestic workers employed by diplomats currently residing here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7936/12]
Eamon Gilmore (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Dún Laoghaire, Labour)
As stated in my response to a similar question on 31 January, my Department is working with the Department of Justice and Equality and other relevant Government Departments with a view to implementing additional protections, including revised procedures related to entry requirements for private domestic workers in diplomatic households consistent with its obligations under the Vienna Convention. Revised procedures will be introduced as soon as this work has been completed and agreement has been reached with the relevant Government Departments on the measures to be implemented.