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JobBridge abusers should be named and shamed – Ó Snodaigh

20 November, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has demanded that companies abusing the JobBridge scheme be named and shamed.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh was commenting on answers he received from Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, to a number of parliamentary questions, in which it was revealed that 31companies have been disqualified from participating in the scheme due to breaches.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh submitted a second parliamentary question in which he asked the Minister to provide the name of the companies or employers that have been blacklisted from the JobBridge scheme. However, Minister Burton cited the Freedom of Information Act as the reason for her refusal to provide the information that he requested.

The Dublin South Central TD said:

“To my best recollection this the first time that a Minister has used the Freedom of Information Act as the basis of a refusal to answer a question tabled by me. My parliamentary question complies with the Standing Orders of the Dáil governing same in that it relates to a matter of fact and policy for which she has official responsibility.

“The JobBridge scheme referred to involves the use of significant public funds and in the overriding public interest of democratic accountability I believe my question should be answered.

“Minister Burton should not be using her position to protect the profits of these organisations while knowing that they have been exploitative. It is sad that such a response is coming from a person who claims to be a socialist. These JobBridge abusers should be named and shamed.

“I have written to the Office of the Information Commissioner for further perspective on the matter and I am also making my objections known to the Ceann Comhairle.”

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