Government use of money message an 'abuse of power' – Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed today’s second stage vote in the Dáil which saw all of the opposition parties unite to pass Sinn Féin’s Protection of Employee Tips Bill.
The Louth TD criticised Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd who voted against the Bill.
Teachta Adams also accused the government of “abuse of power by its introduction of a ‘money message’ to block the Bill from becoming law”.
Teachta Adams said:
“The Sinn Féin Protection of Employee Tips Bill is a simple but important piece of legislation. Hospitality workers are often on low pay and suffer disproportionate levels of exploitation in the workplace.
"Currently these workers don’t have a legal right to the tips they earn.
"Sinn Féin’s Bill ensures that workers’ tips are given legal protection by making it illegal for an employer to withhold or deduct them. It also requires businesses to display their tipping policy so that customers know how tips are distributed.
"Workers deserve their dues, they deserve fair treatment, they deserve their wages and they deserve their tips”.
However, the government is now frequently using the imposition of a ‘money message’ to block Bills which it is against despite their having Dáil support.
Mr. Adams said:
“The use of the money message mechanism is an abuse of power and undermines the democratic right of the Oireachtas to pass legislation."
Note to Editor:
According to article 17.2 of the Constitution, “no law shall be enacted for the appropriation of revenue or other public moneys unless the purpose of the appropriation shall have been recommended to Dáil Éireann by a message from the Government signed by the Taoiseach”.
This “money message” procedure effectively allows the Government to block Bills emanating from Opposition even when it is in a minority position in the Dáil.