High court quashes sectoral employment order for electrical contractors

On October 25, Mr Justice Charles Meenan of the High Court was informed that the State was not objecting to an order sought by Náisiúnta Leictreach Contraitheor Eireann (NECI) to quash the SEO, which had come into effect at the start of February 2022. The Sectoral Employment Order is no longer the law of the land.

NECI, which operates as a trade association for electrical contractors, claimed the SEO for electrical workers was flawed on several grounds.

Represented by Helen Callanan SC, the NECI had brought judicial review proceedings against the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

It had previously been granted permission by the High Court to bring its challenge, and the case had been awaiting a trial date.

However, when the matter was discussed before the court on Tuesday 25th October, Mr Justice Meenan was informed that an order could be made quashing the SEO.