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Ireland adopted the law on employee involvement in the European Company (SE) in January 2007.


Employees are represented on the boards of some publicly-owned companies in Ireland – but have no right to board-level representation in the private sector. Both unions and employers were consulted on how the directive was to be implemented in Ireland – but there was no wider public debate.

For further information on the SE legislation, such as the choice of SNB members, click on the more button.

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Transposition of the SE legislation in Ireland (Updated report: October 2004)

Resulting from the historical links, Ireland operates within, what is called, a ‘voluntarist’ system of industrial relations, i.e., the right to choose to join a trade union or an employer organisation, to bargain collectively or individually and to agree or not to agree on the issues in dispute and that the disputes between the parties should be resolved without the intervention of outside forces. A fundamental principle of this voluntarism is the absence of legally imposed structures and that the State takes a supportive role, through legislation and the provision of dispute settlement arrangements, rather than an interventionist role, in the employment relationship.

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Translated transposition laws 

The full text of the transposition laws and (for most countries) unofficial translations into English can be downloaded from the EU Commission website


Lionel Fulton (2006) Anchoring the European Company in national law