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

Country overview

Lionel Fulton (Labour Research Department)

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.

There is no statutory requirement for board level representation in the private sector. However, some parts of the public sector are covered by legislation which gives employee representatives a right to seats on the board, although privatisation means that the number of companies with employees at board level has fallen. Where employees are represented, they normally have one third of the seats.

Unions, employers’ associations and the enterprise agencies in Ireland (which give support to companies and business) were all consulted on the draft text implementing the directive and submitted a number of detailed comments. However, there was no wider public debate on the issue.

Special negotiating body (SNB)

Standard rules under the fallback procedure

Misuse of procedures and structural change

L. Fulton (2008) Anchoring the European Company in National Law - Country Overviews (online publication, prepared for