Extreme Weather Bill would protect workers – Adams
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams TD is co-sponsoring a Sinn Féin Bill that aims to protect citizens at work from travelling during adverse weather conditions.
The Bill is entitled ‘Extreme Weather Warning (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018’. It is co-sponsored by his party colleagues Imelda Munster TD and David Cullinane TD. Both Teachta Munster and Teachta Cullinane introduced the bill in the Dáil last week on behalf of the party
Gerry Adams is calling on the government to support the Sinn Féin initiative. It will provide guidelines for public sector employers and self-employed persons in the event of an extreme weather warning being enacted. The legislation would also impose penalties on those engaged in reckless behaviour in the midst of a severe weather warning.
Teachta Adams said:
“In the immediate aftermath of Storm Ophelia, the Taoiseach acknowledged that there was confusion regarding what actions private sector employers, employees and self-employed persons should take when a severe weather warning was enacted. There was a clear plan in place for closing schools and public offices.
“However, three people, including Fintan Goss from Ravensdale, tragically lost their lives. Lessons must be learned in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia.
“The aim of this Sinn Féin Bill is to ensure the safety of employers and employees during extreme weather. It would provide clear and concise guidelines, avoiding the utter confusion that many employers and employees were left to deal with in the absence of such legislation.
“Storm Ophelia was the worst storm to hit the island of Ireland in more than 50 years. Despite the stark warnings and tragic loss of life, we still had alarming public safety incidents. I am sure that people will recall the images of kite surfers and swimmers engaging in seriously reckless behaviour. This Bill would see penalties imposed on people engaged in this reckless behaviour. It would also strengthen the power of Gardaí to pursue this behaviour under law.”