29 Sept 2022

Deputy highlights difficulty of rural workers

Deputy Pat 'the cope' Gallagher highlights issues of seasonal and part time workers

Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Ceann-Comhairle

Pat the Cope Gallagher, TD (FF)

A Fianna Fáil deputy has highlighted the issues which seasonal and part time workers experience in Donegal. Deputy Pat 'the cope' Gallagher said that many seasonal workers and part time workers area having difficulty accessing their social welfare entitlements. 

The Dungloe based public representative has said that many part time and seasonal workers have been doing so for over two decades. 

He said that the numerous changes brought in by various social ministers protection ministers since 2011 has meant that many part time workers have no longer an entitlement to social protection payments upon ceasing their seasonal employment due to the new regulations and rules of the department. 

The Fianna Fáil representative has made a number of submissions to his party in an effort to better their situation, one of which is that the daily subsidiary be raised from €12.70 a day to €50.00, so that those workers with with secondary income other than the part time employment can qualify for Jobseekers' benefit. 

The Deputy also proposed that the eligible number of contributions for a seasonal worker be calculated over a five year period instead of the present three year, this allows the seasonal worker to demonstrate they have worked each year and made the necessary 20 contributions per annum instead of the present 39 contributions each year over three years. 

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