Working time directive orders
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.