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Structure of the Court

Structure of the Court

The Labour Court consists of 13 full-time, members - a Chairman, 4 Deputy Chairmen and 8 Ordinary Members, 4 of whom are Employers' Members and 4 of whom are Workers' Members. The Chairman and the 4 Deputy Chairmen are appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The Employers' Members are nominated by IBEC (Irish Business and Employers' Confederation) and the Workers' Members are nominated by ICTU (Irish Congress of Trades Unions).

The Labour Court also has a legal adviser - the Registrar - appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.


ChairmanKevin Foley
Deputy Chairman

Alan Haugh

Louise O'Donnell

Katie Connolly

Employers' Members

Peter Murphy

Sylvia Doyle

Gavin Marié

Paul O'Brien 

Workers' Members

Linda Tanham

Paul P. Bell

Clare Treacy


RegistrarJacqui Kelly

Operational Structure of the Labour Court

To ensure that cases are processed with a minimum of delay, the Court operates in 4 separate Divisions, although certain issues may require a meeting of the full Court. A Division is made up of the Chairman or a Deputy Chairman, an Employers' Member and a Workers' Member. Hearings are held in Dublin and at several venues throughout the country. Hearings may also be held remotely, in the Virtual Courtroom.