Imelda Munster TD urges cross-party support for Extreme Weather Bill
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster has urged all parties to support the Extreme Weather (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 that her party will be moving in the Dáil tomorrow.
The Bill will provide for the safety of employees during a status red weather warning, as well as impose penalties on those who put lives of the emergency services in danger through reckless behaviour during an extreme weather warning.
Deputy Munster said;
"This important piece of legislation will enhance public safety and ensure the safety of rescue service personnel during a status red weather warning. It seeks to give An Garda Síochána enhanced powers to pursue such behaviour.
"The Bill ensures that employees are not penalised for staying away from their place of work during a Status Red severe weather warning.
"This Bill has the potential to save lives. We are welcome to talk to all parties that may have reservations about this legislation to see it move forward through the Houses to see it become law.
“Three people tragically lost their lives as a direct result of Storm Ophelia.
“As legislators we must now take measures to protect workers, guide employers and strengthen the powers of emergency services in the case of future warnings.
“I believe that this legislation will help prevent tragedies during future extreme weather events, and so I ask that this legislation be supported.
"The government needs to act like a government.
"It is only in areas that people's lives are put in danger that the government won't intervene.
"The government has acknowledged that businesses should close during a status red alert, yet they are not willing to legislate in order to provide clarity for businesses and their employees. This makes no sense."