Updated: 19/06/17 : 12:38:05
Government Chief Whip, Minister Joe McHugh TD today formally opened
the Sligo Regional Services Office of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
Speaking at the event in the Finisklin Business Park, the minister said that
“It is a very significant moment, as it represents the first step in the
WRC extending its full range of services across all of its regional offices
to ensure that the same services provided in Dublin are available across
the country. I believe this to be a very welcome development and one I
The Minister added that “this process will
be rolled out across the country– the next phase being in Shannon – and
the Cork and Carlow offices of the WRC will follow in due course”.
The Minister concluded by welcoming the decision
by the WRC to expand the number of its hearing venues through the addition
of locations in Donegal, Mayo, Kerry, Monaghan and Kilkenny. “From a rural
Ireland perspective, it is important that complainants and respondents
do not have to travel punishing distances to have cases heard and this
development is good news for everyone concerned.”
The Director General of the WRC, Ms. Oonagh
Buckley, Director General of the WRC, noted that this development was important
as “the WRC is anxious to ensure that its full range of services – conciliation,
adjudication, mediation, and inspection are available to clients in all
our offices. This has not been the case to date as the regional offices
were essentially internal offices of the inspectorate staff of the National
Employment Rights Authority which is now part of the WRC”.
She concluded by saying “such is our commitment
to this course of action that we appointed our first regionally-based mediator
here in Sligo earlier this month”.
At the launch, the WRC also indicated its
commitment to developing further its Mediation Service and significantly
increasing the number of mediated settlements of employment disputes.