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Extreme Weather Bill needed – Gerry Adams TD

27 February, 2018 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams TD has criticised the refusal by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to prioritise a Sinn Féin Bill – Extreme Weather Warning (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 – which seeks to protect workers and employers and first responders who are faced with an extreme weather event.

Teachta Adams said:

“Earlier this month Imelda Munster TD, David Cullinane TD and I introduced the weather warning Bill in the Dáil.

"Its purpose is to provide guidelines for public sector employers and self-employed persons in the event of an extreme weather warning being enacted.

"The legislation would also impose penalties on those engaged in reckless behaviour in the midst of a severe weather warning. 

"This week the island of Ireland is facing a severe weather situation. If weather reports are true it may be among the most dangerous in recent decades.

"During Storm Ophelia last October claimed three lives, including Fintan Goss from Ravensdale. As a result of those tragedies and a campaign for stronger legislation by the family, Sinn Féin TDs introduced our Bill.

"I am very disappointed that when my colleague Imelda Munster raised this issue today in the Dáil the Taoiseach refused to prioritise the draft legislation.”

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