Dáil Éireann - Volume 347 - 14 February, 1984

Written Answers. - Employment Appeals Tribunal Cases.

497. Mr. Prendergast asked the Minister for Labour the number of employment appeals tribunal cases that have been referred by employers to the civil courts.

Minister for Labour (Mr. Quinn): Statistics of appeals by employers to the civil courts against determinations by the Employment Appeals Tribunal are not compiled by my Department. Appeals [2456] against determinations of the Employment Appeals Tribunal under the Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967-1979, and the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act, 1973, may only be made to the High Court on a point of law. As far as I am aware, only two or three cases under these Acts have been taken by employers to the High Court in recent years.

Appeals against determinations of the Employment Appeals Tribunal under the Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977, and the Maternity Protection of Employees Act, 1981, may be made to the Circuit Court. As far as the tribunal are aware, the following is the number of appeals to the Circuit Court by employers under these two Acts:

Year

Number of appeals by employers

1981

24

1982

32

1983

32

Statistics are available only since 1981, when Statutory Regulations were made requiring parties to such appeals to notify the tribunal. Also, the statistics quoted may not be fully comprehensive since up-to-date information is awaited from some county registrars' offices.