Govt use of Money message an abuse of power – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the 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 Billis 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.

Gerry Adams TD leads delegation to meet DKIT President and Staff

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has praised the work of DkIT President Dr Michael Mulvey, staff and students following a visit to the campus on 21st June 2019. 
 
Gerry Adams said,
 
“I met with Dr Mulvey in March and at that time we discussed outreach by DKIT to prospective students in the North and from underrepresented communities in Dundalk. 
 
“On Friday I was delighted to lead a cross border delegation including Sinn Féin representatives Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, Chris Hazzard MP, Emma Rogan MLA, Megan Fearon MLA and Cllr Oonagh Hanlon. 
 
“The Coordinator of Muirhevnamor Local Training Initiative, Gerry Bradley, Emma Maguire and Donna Conroy From the International Fund for Ireland project in Cox’s Demesne and Manager of the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, Colin Roche, also attended. 
 
“DKIT has a student population of over 5000, yet only 250 of these come from the north of Ireland. 
 
“In fact there are currently more international students at DKIT than northern students. 
 
“I am delighted to learn of the outreach work that DKIT is doing to promote the Institute across the north. The staff have converted all BTEC and A Level qualifications into the relevant Leaving Cert points equivalents so potential northern students can easily check appropriate courses. 
 
“I encourage Students from across the north to consider DKIT for further and higher education.”
 
Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú who also attended stated;
 
“I thank all of the staff at DKIT who took time on Friday afternoon to present to the delegation.  
 
“I was particularly interested in work of the Regional Development Centre, through which DKIT supports indigenous business start ups. This work is essential to ensure high value jobs are created in this region. 
 
“I also commend the College Connect project which is involved in outreach to underrepresented groups and communities and offers alternative pathways to accessing third level education.  
 
“I will continue to liaise with DKIT staff and communities across Louth to ensure that this world class facility is fully supported and utilised.”
 

Government Action needed to avoid planned Hospital Strike – Adams

Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned that the planned 24-hour strike by 10,000 hospital workers, including staff in Louth County Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda “will have a significant and serious impact on the provision of services.”

The Louth TD said: “The possibility of a further five days of strikes, on June 25 and 26 and July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th will put an enormous strain on the health service in Louth and across the state.”

Gerry Adams aid:

“This dispute between health workers and the HSE is over a failure by the HSE to implement pay increases arising from a job evaluation scheme. Health care workers involved include porters, household and catering services and healthcare assistants, maternity care assistants, laboratory aides, chefs and surgical instrument technicians.

This threatened strike comes on top of the recent strikes by ambulance staff belonging to the Psychiatric Nurses Association who have gone on strike seven times in pursuit of their demand for union recognition. The PNA are planning a further 24-hour strike sometime this month.

The HSE claim that recognition of the PNA would impair good industrial relations in the Ambulance Service is a nonsense. The denial of workers their constitutional right to form or join unions of their choice is what is impairing industrial relations in the health service.

At the same time the HSE and Department of Health have introduced a recruitment pause within the health service and the most recent figures released by the INMO showed that 9,015 admitted patients were forced to wait without hospital beds in May. Clearly there continues to be a serious capacity deficit.  

There is an onus on the government, and in particular the Ministers Harris and Donohoe  to take immediate action to resolve this dispute before June 20th – the date of the first strike. The decision by the Dept. of Public Expenditure to refer this situation to the Public Service Stability Agreement Oversight Group gives no reassurance that this matter is being treated with the urgency that is required”.

Adams welcomes confirmation by Taoiseach of Presidential Referendum Bill

Louth TD Gerry Adams today asked the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil about the planned referendum on Presidential Voting Rights which was announced yesterday.

In his response the Taoiseach said that he expects to have the Bill in the Dáil for second stage before the recess in July. This is necessary if the referendum is to be held in October/November.

Teachta Varadkar also said that citizens would register online to vote and would cast their vote by postage.

Speaking afterward Teachta Adams said:

“On Tuesday the Cabinet approved the Bill to hold a referendum on Presidential Voting Rights. This referendum will allow for the extension of voting rights in Presidential elections for citizens living outside of this state, including citizens living in the North. That is a very welcome development.

At a time when the British Home Office is disputing the right of Irish citizens in the North to be recognised as citizens, this is a crucially important piece of legislation.

It is the norm in other states that people living outside of the state would have vote in elections. This is a sensible and inclusive action and I think that all of us should be calling for a YES vote.

In his response the Taoiseach confirmed that the legislation was agreed by Cabinet yesterday and that he expects to have it in the Dáil for second stage before the recess in July. This is necessary if the referendum is to be held in October/November. An Taoiseach acknowledged that there is no set date yet because the legislation has to be passed through the Oireachtas.

Adams Commends Ludlow Family

Sinn Féin Teachta Dala for Louth, Gerry Adams has praised the family of Seamus Ludlow as they begin distributing the information leaflet launched last month. 
 
Gerry Adams said;
 
“For 43 years the family of Seamus Ludlow have faced a wall of silence and misinformation in their quest to get to the truth of the circumstances surrounding his murder. 
 

“In 1979 the RUC notified Gardaí of four suspects it believed were responsible for the killing. 

“Shockingly the Gardaí failed to act on this information and they did not inform the family

“21 years later in 1998, the four were arrested by the RUC. Two confessed to killing Seamus during interviews. They were released without charge and later that year the North’s Director of Public Prosecutions declined to take them to court. Among the four men were two serving officers in the Ulster Defence Regiment.

“In March 2006 the final report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Murder of Seamus Ludlow (Barron Report) was published by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence & Women’s Rights.

“The Commission accused the Gardaí of having treated the family in “an appalling manner.” And it recommended that the Government establish two Commissions of Investigation regarding Seamus Ludlow’s murder.

 
“In the intervening years successive Irish Governments have refused to establish these Commissions. 
 
“This is unacceptable. 
 
“In the coming weeks I will bring a motion to the Dáil calling for the immediate establishment of the two Commissions of Investigation recommended by Justice Barron. 
 
“Sinn Féin has written to every TD asking them to co sign this motion and to support it when it is introduced. 
 
“The Ludlow family have also written to all TDs requesting their support. 
 
Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú added;
 
“Last month a motion I brought to Louth County Council which also called for the implementation of the Barron recommendations received unanimous support across the chamber. 
 
“In fact my motion was co signed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil councillors. 
 
“I hope this is replicated in Leinster House.”