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Committee frustration at further delay to Social Welfare Bill – John Brady TD

31 May, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has today requested that the Committee on Employment Affairs & Social Protection write to Minister Regina Doherty expressing frustration at another delay to the Social Welfare Bill.

Teachta Brady said:

“I have today requested that our Committee write to Minister Doherty to express our frustration as a Committee at the continued delay of Committee Stage of the Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Bill 2017.

“Today’s sitting of the Committee was to be for Committee Stage of the Bill but this was postponed late last week and we are now told that this will happen sometime in June. This is totally unacceptable and there is no excuse for this delay.

“This Bill was brought to the Dáil for debate last July and it was referred to our Committee last October. Almost eight months later and we haven’t seen the Bill since.

“We are told that the Department have not completed work on their amendments to the Bill – this is utter nonsense, and eight months later, is inexcusable.

“There are crucial elements in this Bill, particularly around the Public Services Card and Defined Benefit pension schemes that need to be addressed urgently. A number of stakeholders have identified serious concerns with these elements in the Bill and they need to be amended.

“Minister Doherty needs to be clear as to why we are not examining this Bill at Committee today and provide a specific date as to when her Department will be ready.”

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