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APPRENTICESHIP ACT, 1931
Procedure for Making Special Orders.
1. Before making a special order the Minister shall cause a draft (in this Schedule referred to as the original draft) of such order to be prepared and shall publish in the Iris Oifigiúil, and in such other manner as he thinks best adapted for informing persons who would, if such special order were made, be affected thereby, notice of his intention to make such special order, of the place where copies of the original draft of such order may be obtained and of the time (in this Schedule referred to as the time limited for making objections) within which any objection with respect to such original draft may be made, and the time limited for making objections to be so specified in such notice shall not in any case be less than forty days after the day of publication in the Iris Oifigiúil of such notice.
2. Every person objecting to the making of a special order may within the time limited for making objections to such proposed special order send notice in writing to the Minister of his objection and such notice shall state—
(a) the specific grounds of objection to the making of such special order, and
(b) the amendments (if any) to the original draft of such order which such person desires to have incorporated therein.
3. If no objection to the making of a special order is made in accordance with the foregoing rule or if an objection to the making of a special order is so made but the Minister considers such objection frivolous, he may, at the expiration of the time limited for making objections to such proposed special order, make such special order in terms of the original draft thereof.
4. If no objection to the making of a special order is made in accordance with Rule 2 of this Schedule, the Minister may, if he so thinks fit, amend the original draft of such order, and in such case the original draft as so amended shall be deemed for the purposes of the foregoing provisions of this Schedule to be a new original draft of such special order and the said provisions shall apply to such original draft as so amended accordingly.
5. If an objection to the making of a special order is made in accordance with Rule 2 of this Schedule and the Minister does not amend the original draft of such special order under the foregoing rule, he shall before making such special order, unless he considers such objection frivolous, cause an inquiry to be held into the making of such special order.
6. The Minister may appoint a fit and proper person to hold an inquiry into the making of a special order and to report to him thereon.
7. Every inquiry held under this Schedule shall be held in public and any officer of the Minister and any persons who appear to the person holding any such inquiry to be persons who, if the special order the subject of such inquiry was made, would be affected thereby may appear at such inquiry either in person or by agents duly authorised in writing, or by counsel or solicitor and may adduce evidence.
8. Any person appointed by the Minister to hold an inquiry under this Schedule shall have power to take evidence on oath and for that purpose may administer oaths to persons attending before him as witnesses.
9. Subject to the foregoing rule of this Schedule an inquiry under this Schedule and proceedings preliminary and incidental thereto shall be conducted in accordance with regulations made by the Minister.
10. There shall be paid to persons holding inquiries under this Schedule such remuneration and allowances as the Minister, with the sanction of the Minister for Finance, shall appoint.
11. On receipt of a report of an inquiry held under this Schedule in relation to the making of a special order, the Minister shall consider such report and may after such consideration make such special order in terms of the original draft thereof or with such modifications in such original draft as he may think proper.