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Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Continued)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 965 No. 5

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan] Any interruption in the continuity of payments creates a serious problem for the employee, particularly where that employee has a family. We all deal with people in our clinics on a weekly basis who come to us full of serious intent, know what their incomes are and, even if they have medical cards, are still concerned about whether they will be able to make ends meet if there is an issue like an illness or hospitalisation on the horizon.

I wish to emphasise a point. Landlords get a bad name. Some of them deserve it. Others are decent landlords who give a good service and treat their tenants like family. I pay tribute to that group of people because they have done the country a considerable service in recent years when it was difficult for them and their tenants to survive. They survived, and they treated their tenants well. The other group is the minority. I have spoken about it many times, as has every other Deputy. Suffice it to say, those landlords do not treat their tenants well. It may or may not be analogous to this Bill but, in the context of the issue under discussion, it would not be right to ignore the sacrifices made by the good, decent and caring landlords and by the people living in rented accommodation that has been under threat in recent years and who have experienced difficulties in terms of the continuity of their employment and the return on same.

The Leas-Cheann Comhairle will be glad to know that I will finish soon.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher The Deputy will be moving the Adjournment in three minutes' time.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan I welcome this legislation. It does a good job of addressing the issues that have presented. They have been debated many times in the House, and rightly so. The Bill addresses a social imbalance that became obvious in recent times. To do that, it was necessary and desirable - excuse me, but the flu must have caught up with me at last. Expiry might come sooner than I thought.

As a result of this Bill, I expect to see in the workplace a recognition by both sides of the other's predicament. The employer should also recognise that this is good, constructive and progressive legislation that has been needed for some considerable time and that - excuse me again-----

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe It is old age, Deputy.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan It could well be old age, but I was not expecting it to come on in such a quick onslaught.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe It is the fags.

Deputy Joe Carey: Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey Deputy Durkan should take his time.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan I hope that the legislation works well. I have hopes for the onward thrust of business and employment and the good relations between the employer and the employee that have become a hallmark. Employers and employees made considerable sacrifices during the bad times of recent years. We hope this legislation will address some of the aftermath of those times and that the country at large will benefit.

Debate adjourned.

  The Dáil adjourned at 10.15 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 15 February 2018.


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