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Welfare payments for part-time fire-fighters to be put on statutory footing

24 April, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed a guarantee from Minister Burton today that welfare payments retained (part-time) fire-fighters will be put on a statutory footing in the forthcoming social protection legislation rather than the ad hoc way in which it is currently managed.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“I have previously raised the concerns of the fire fighters unions that more and more retained fire-fighters were being denied welfare payments for days not on duty making it impossible for these emergency workers to remain in the service.

“Today’s news will ensure that part-time fire-fighters qualify for welfare payments days not on duty until they gain full time employment.

“It’s a pity it has taken a number of years to reach this point.

“I have urged the minister to instruct social protection staff to lift the refusal of payments from those recently denied the payment until the new legislation is passed, when they would qualify under the new arrangement.”


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