Cullinane praises staff in emergency services
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has praised staff working in emergency services for going above and beyond the call of duty in continuing to provide vital services and saving lives. He said the actions of those in fire services, the City and County Council and University Hospital Waterford and many more was exemplarily.
Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Cullinane said:
“I want to express my gratitude to those working in emergency services for going above and beyond the call of duty. I kept in constant contact with management and staff at University Hospital Waterford and Waterford City and County Council.
“Staff at UHW went to extraordinary lengths to battle the snow and turn up to work. Management put up over 100 staff in hotels and B&B’s. Special transport arrangements were also provided. Many staff slept in sleeping bags at the hospital to ensure they were available for the following day’s work.
“Local council staff have resumed clearing and gritting the roads. Special arrangements were put in place to look after those homeless in the city and county. Waterford City and County Council are operating a Cold Weather Initiative providing shelter for rough sleepers and others in need. Temporary overnight accommodation was secured to meet demand.
“Most employers were responsible and businesses remained closed. I was contacted by dozens of workers however worried about being asked to attend work despite the clear warning to stay indoors. Many who were unable to attend will have their wages docked or have days taken from their annual leave. This is unfair and legislation is needed to provide certainty for workers. I have moved such a Bill and will seek Government support for its passage through the Dáil. All workers need to be supported and protected during extreme weather situations such as this.”