Dáil Éireann - Volume 674 - 10 February, 2009

Written Answers. - National Minimum Wage.

Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on whether an increase in the minimum wage in 2009 is appropriate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4187/09]

Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has received a recommendation from the Labour Court on the minimum wage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4190/09]

  Deputy Billy Kelleher: I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 150 together.

I understand that in November 2008, ICTU requested the Labour Court to review the national minimum wage and to make a recommendation to me concerning its adjustment. The Court subsequently invited submissions on the issue. Various submissions were received, including from IBEC, ICTU and the Department of Finance. The Labour Court also held discussions with these parties. I understand that the matter is still under consideration by the Court.