Work­ing time di­rec­tive or­ders

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The Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to change a law gov­ern­ing work­ing time which ex­cludes mem­bers of the De­fence Forces and An Garda Síochána from its pro­vi­sions, the High Court heard.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced as part of the set­tle­ment by a mem­ber of the De­fence Forces of her ac­tion chal­leng­ing the 1997 Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Work­ing Time Act (OWTA) and was the first of a num­ber of such chal­lenges.

As part of the set­tle­ment, Su­san O’Don­nell is to get an­nual leave she lost in 2015. Fol­low­ing talks, Eileen Bar­ring­ton, coun­sel for three De­fence Forces mem­bers, said the O’Don­nell case had been set­tled and she asked the court to make a num­ber of or­ders on con­sent. Ms Bar­ring­ton said the two other cases should re­main in the court sys­tem.

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