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Sinn Féin call for corporate manslaughter legislation - O'Brien

8 June, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following the publication of the Government’s Legislative Schedule, Sinn Féin’s Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien expressed disappointment that the government have yet again failed to introduce corporate manslaughter laws.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“For the past decade, Sinn Féin has been calling for the introduction of corporate manslaughter legislation in this state in order to hold companies to account when workers die on their watch.

“It is unacceptable that, at the moment, it is too difficult to hold companies liable when deaths of workers are caused by neglect of workplace health and safety whether it is through established bad practice or management.

“While most employers do their best to ensure worker safety, according to the Health and Safety Authority, there have been 421 fatal workplace injuries from 2008 to date in 2016.

“No person should ever go to work with the fear that they won’t return home and companies must be penalised where their negligence results in the death of a worker.

“I have brought forward legislation in the house to rectify this legislative deficit and I’m urging the government to allow the Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2016 to proceed given that they have failed to cater for this in the legislative programme.”

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