68. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to introduce a living wage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18801/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): The Living Wage concept is grounded in the idea that a person’s wage should be sufficient to maintain a safe, decent standard of living. At an individual level the resources required to achieve a minimum essential standard of living is very dependent on family circumstances and thus the interaction of individual earnings with household income and State-provided supports such as Child Benefit, Family Income...