March 7, 2021
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COVID-19: Rogue businesses putting workers in danger – Waterford TD

Waterford TD David Cullinane has expressed concerns after he received reports that a number of non-essential businesses are operating under false guises during the Covid-19 emergency, putting the health of their workers at risk.

The local Sinn Féin poll topper today revealed he has written to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation outlining his concerns.

Deputy Cullinane said: “There are a number of non-essential businesses still operating under the guise of being essential services, and others where there is an issue with the lack of observation of public health guidelines.

“Unfortunately, concerned workers have no place to turn to raise their concerns that they are being put in danger.

“I have raised this issue with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the official guidance is that the judgement of whether a business is providing an essential service or not is a matter to be self-assessed, and if there are any doubts companies should contact the local Gardaí who may be able to advise.

“This is wholly inadequate and is a very concerning situation. There needs to be a process whereby workers have a genuine ability to report their concerns, have them assessed and decisions enforced if necessary,” Deputy Cullinane added.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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