Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Niall Collins TD says that Government decision to cut the funding for workplace safety initiatives through the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) by 47% is shocking, short sighted and dangerous.

“A recent parliamentary question to the Minister confirms that the estimated spends on Safety Initiatives has been cut from €1.77 million in 2015 to €957,000 in 2016. This 47% cut makes no sense,” said the Fianna Fáil TD.

“What’s more shocking is that the HSA has decided that a reduction in the provision for “safety initiatives” in 2016 is warranted, as per the Minister’s reply, in order to fund developments including office development.”

“Clearly the HSA are being forced to make business-level decisions that will affect their level of work based on below-adequate funding from the Department,” added Collins.

“56 people lost their lives in 2015 as a result of workplace accidents. The best way of reducing these unnecessary losses is through educating people working in dangerous circumstances.”

“The Minister must intervene, and ensure that this important service is funded adequately to meet the needs of a growing economy,” concluded Collins.