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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA ) said today (Tuesday) that a commitment from Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton that retained fire-fighters will be entitled to social welfare payments is important for the fire safety of communities throughout the country.
IFESA National Chairman, John Kidd said IFESA had warned that the treat to the social welfare payments of retained fire-fighters could drive hundreds of trained and committed fire-fighters from the fire service and increase the fire risk for the public and communities around the country.
‘IFESA made it very clear that part-time fire-fighters were being denied jobseeker's payments because their positions as fire-fighters mean they are limited in the jobs they can take on. Hundreds of the country's part-time fire-fighters – who make up well over two thirds of the national fire services, were affected by this situation and it was clearly going to impact seriously on the fire safety of local communities if these fire-fighters were forced to quit their posts.'
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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) today (Friday) called on the Minister of State, at the Dept. of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Fergus O Dowd T.D to withdraw comments he made in the Seanad that retained fire-fighters are not really firemen.
Minister O' Dowd made his comments recently in an adjournment debate on the future of the fire services where he stated “ sometimes you would have a policy of retained firemen while they wouldn't be officially Firemen - they are available to come out and are trained to come out in the event of a serious fire”.
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Click on the link below to hear the Pat Kenny Show interview with IFESA National Chairman, John Kidd on the IFESA and 24/7 Alliance response to the Government's proposals to cut pay and allowances.
IFESA Chairman, John Kidd appeared on RTE's The Week in Politics programme where he outlined the position of IFESA in resisting Government proposals to cut pay and premium payments.
See the link below where the interview begins at 30.14
On the 14th of February 1981, the communities on the Northside of Dublin suffered a horrific tragedy when 48 people died and 214 were injured in the Stardust fire.
On the 32 nd Anniversary (Thursday, 14 th Feb.) of this tragic event the members of IFESA wish to once again express our thoughts and sympathy with the bereaved families, people who were injured on that night and the others who never got over this tragic event and have passed on.
Unfortunately 32 years on, the community of North Dublin are still suffering and hurting from this tragedy.
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