Ireland: Ex-banker to head new Low Pay Commission

Former banker and Health Service Executive (HSE) board member Dr Donal de Buitléir has been made Chair of Ireland’s new Low Pay Commission.

Ireland’s Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, had called for interested parties to apply to join the commission, which is to look at issues around the national minimum wage (currently €8.65 per hour) and other issues around low pay.

Eight others were chosen to sit on the panel:

  • Vincent Jennings, CEO of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association;
  • Patricia King, Vice President of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (Siptu) and incoming General-Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU);
  • Gerry Light, Assistant General-Secretary of trade union Mandate;
  • Caroline McEnery, Director of HR Suite, HR & Business Solutions;
  • Edel McGinley, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland;
  • Mary Mosse, a lecturer in economics and Programme Director for postgraduate research at the Waterford School of Technology’s School of Business;
  • Tom Noonan, Chief Executive of The Maxol Group and former president of IBEC from 2008 to 2010;
  • Professor Donal O’Neill of the Department of Economics at Maynooth University.

Minister Nash said on 15 December 2014 that he would like to see the minimum wage ‘progressively increased where the economic circumstances, the demands of the job creation and social conditions and requirements converge’.

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