Dáil debates

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


12:30 pm

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Deputy for again raising the issue of the former Debenhams workers. I will look into the issue of that training fund because we have sanctioned it and the fund should be up and running to provide the support for people who want to return to work, if they have not already returned to work. The decision we made yesterday, I believe, is a fair one because it would be grossly unfair, having not allowed employees to trigger a redundancy claim for a period of 18 months, to then deny them that period as being reckonable when it comes to calculating their redundancy entitlements. I cannot comment on any particular case until I have all of the details but the very intention of what the Government announced was to address that situation because people were denied the right to claim redundancy because of the statutory position underpinned by Covid. That has now changed, we are allowing people to claim and the State is going to step up and provide the funding to ensure that reckonable period counts for their redundancy.


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