O’Dea publishes Bill to protect vulnerable employees covered by JLCs

Over 200,000 workers need legislation to protect conditions     Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Willie O’Dea TD has published the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2011, a Fianna Fáil Bill, which will be brought before the Dáil this evening in Private Members’ Business in order to protect vulnerable employees whose terms and

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Enda’s continuing uncertainty making things worse

THOUGH Enda Kenny’s poor performance over the whole sorry Roscommon Hospital saga may have reawakened a lot of question over his leadership, it has also highlighted an entirely different aspect of this Government’s approach. Since it came to power in a blaze of confidence, the Government has been seen to falter. To make use of

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Putting the people before the party comes at a price

I am probably one of the few people in politics today who really knows what Denis Naughten was going through last week. I had a comparable moment of truth over 20 years ago when I was faced with a similar choice to the one that faced Denis and Frank Feighan last Wednesday. In 1988, I

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Taoiseach needs to act like a real leader on labour reforms

POLITICAL history suggests that Labour ministers usually don’t start to distance themselves from their government colleagues until the last few months of a government. This is why their absence from the Dail chamber last Tuesday came as a bit of a surprise. It also suggests that while the Government may get to stay in the

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