Sinn Féin to move Extreme Weather Bill in the Dáil next week
Sinn Féin will move the Extreme Weather (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 in the Dáil next Thursday, 19th of April, during Private Members’ Time.
The bill, drafted by Sinn Féin TDs Gerry Adams, Imelda Munster and David Cullinane, will provide for the safety of employees during certain severe weather warnings.
It will enhance public safety and ensure the safety of rescue service personnel during such a weather warning.
The bill would also impose penalties on those who would put lives in danger through reckless behaviour when an extreme weather warning has been called.
It seeks to give an Garda Síochána enhanced powers to pursue such behaviour.
Finally, the bill ensures that employees are not penalised for staying away from their place of work during a Status Red severe weather warning.
Speaking today, Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster said:
“Three people tragically lost their lives as a direct result of Storm Ophelia.
“As legislators we must now take measures to guide employers, protect workers and strengthen the powers of emergency services in the case of future warnings.
“I believe that this legislation will help prevent tragedies during future extreme weather events, and so I ask that this legislation be supported.”
Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers rights, David Cullinane, added:
It is utterly incredible that the Taoiseach believes the decision to open or close a business during a national weather emergency is a personal matter.
“We are talking about people's lives here.
"Despite this, Leo Varadkar refuses to provide government leadership and direction.
"He has essentially outsourced the government’s role to the private sector. This is the way he thinks. This is the way he sees the world.
“Sinn Féin has stepped up to the mark and produced a bill that would do exactly that.
"This Thursday, myself and my colleagues Gerry Adams and Imelda Munster will move the Extreme Weather Bill in the Dáil.
"Sinn Féin calls on all parties to support this legislation.”