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Ó Snodaigh welcomes clarification on retained fire-fighters and social welfare entitlement

14 March, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed clarification Minister Joan Burton that retained fire-fighters are entitled to social welfare payments when they are not working in other employment.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh raised the issue in the Dáil today. Speaking afterwards he said;

“I welcome the clarification from the minister today of the entitlement of retained fire-fighters to social welfare payments where they are not working in another employment.

“I submitted this topical issue because it has been brought to my attention that there are a number of retained fire-fighters in the state who, although seeking other employment, are being refused social welfare payments.

“These men and women want to play their role in protecting and helping their communities but are struggling financially as a result of this refusal.

“We look forward to payment being granted to those who are struggling against the system and who are rightly entitled to it.”


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