‘Morally wrong’ that staff had to wait for payments




Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said it is “morally wrong” that seasonal workers at Bord na Móna in Lanesboro who were recently laid off have been left waiting over two months for Social Welfare payments.

  Deputy Murphy raised the issue in the Dáil chamber this week under Questions on Promised Legislation with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

  “In the region of 78 seasonal workers with Bord na Móna who were laid off in the Mount Dillon area near Lanesboro, County Longford have been left without Social Welfare payments with some only receiving payments this week after over nine weeks.

  “In such a crisis, I would ask An Taoiseach to ensure that workers who have been laid off do not have to wait eight to ten weeks for Social Welfare payments. It is morally wrong,” said Deputy Murphy.

  An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar acknowledged that this situation should not have occurred. He said that he would raise the matter with the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty.