Renewed calls for legislation to protect emergency workers

first_imgTwitter Previous articleLife lessons learned on Limerick playing fieldsNext articleLimerick cyclists will get their spoke into city plan Staff Reporter NewsRenewed calls for legislation to protect emergency workersBy Staff Reporter – November 5, 2015 662 Advertisement Email WhatsAppcenter_img Print Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CALL for emergency responders to be protected by law has been made after members of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue service were attacked over the Halloween weekend.Rocks were thrown at a fire engine at the junction of Hyde Road and Childers Road last Saturday night. No injuries were reported but damage to the vehicle included a large dent to the panel above the driver’s door window.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who is the party’s spokesman on Justice, called on the Government to protect emergency workers with specific legislation making it an offence to attack emergency personnel on duty.He said it is very disturbing to hear stories of ambulance and fire personnel coming under attack over the Halloween weekend.“It has been clear to me for quite some time that we do not have strong enough legislation in place to protect Gardaí, fire officers, paramedics and other emergency personnel.“There have been many serious and unacceptable incidents in recent years where emergency workers have come under attack while on duty. I believe this is such a serious offence it should be stipulated in law and carry a severe penalty.Deputy Collins said his party had proposed a minimum five year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of a Garda, nurse, ambulance worker or fire officer while on duty.“I don’t share the Government’s view that emergency personnel don’t need or deserve special recognition. Such is the importance of their work and the risks they take on a daily to protect us I believe we should match their commitment with our protection and respect in law.“It should be made clear that it is not okay to attack an ambulance, or paramedics on duty”, he said.The Assault on Emergency Workers Bill was produced three years ago and Deputy Collins says “there is no sensible reason why this has been allowed to languish on the Dáil Order Paper”. Condemnation for the attacks flowed on social media on Saturday night when news of the incident broke. Most commented that the behaviour of those responsible was disgusting, while others echoed the views calling for arrests and prosecutions. Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

SCBA Announce Covid-19 Financial Assistance Scheme To Members[Read Guidelines]

first_imgNews UpdatesSCBA Announce Covid-19 Financial Assistance Scheme To Members[Read Guidelines] Nilashish Chaudhary25 May 2020 5:36 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has announced the introduction of a new financial assistance scheme for the benefit of lawyers who are distressed and in need of aid due to the prevailing lockdown on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “COVID-19 Financial Assistance and Grant Scheme” intends to provide a one-time ex gratia amount of up to Rs. 20,000 to advocates facing…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has announced the introduction of a new financial assistance scheme for the benefit of lawyers who are distressed and in need of aid due to the prevailing lockdown on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “COVID-19 Financial Assistance and Grant Scheme” intends to provide a one-time ex gratia amount of up to Rs. 20,000 to advocates facing a financial crisis. The Executive Committee (EC) of the SCBA took this decision after “taking into consideration the serious distress caused to its members by the catastrophic conditions being faced by them”. In order to be eligible for benefits under this scheme, the applicant must feature in the SCBA voter list between 2015 and 2019, and be in dire need of monetary assistance. In order to avail benefits of the scheme, those eligible are required to furnish a declaration/undertaking in the prescribed for, with details regarding their SCBA membership number along with other details and the serial number of their appearance in the voter list during 2015-2019. Furthermore, the annual income of an applicant must be less than Rs. 8 lakh to qualify as a beneficiary of the scheme and the application must reveal a dire need of financial aid due to grave financial hardships being faced during the lockdown. The Advocate must also declare whether they have availed of any COVID-19 related assistance, either in the form of a loan from SCBA (as per the scheme introduced in April) or grant under SCAORA’s COVID scheme or any benefit from any Bar Association during this period. In case they have, details of the same must also be attached. The Scheme and application forms are available on SCBA’s website, and members may avail the benefits by sending their applications to a prescribed email ID. The process is explained as follows:- “Any Member willing to avail this grant must apply to the SCBA in writing with complete particulars to include his full name, age, and residential address as borne on the rolls of the SCBA with SCBA Membership No. The application may be submitted by e- mail with an undertaking to submit a signed copy of the application subsequently and before disbursal of the grant once the same is duly approved. In the application the Member should indicate in case he or she or any person dependent on the member is in need of continued and prolonged medical treatment. The applicant shall provide the bank account details indicating clearly Savings Bank Account No, Name of the Bank, Address and IFSC Code.” These applications will be scrutinized by the EC, and the grant of benefits to an applicant will be left to the EC’s sole discretion. If approved, the aforesaid amount will be electronically transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account. If rejected, however, no representation will be entertained. With regard to applications, SCBA has clarified the following- “The identity of the Advocate seeking benefit under the Scheme will be kept confidential as far as possible. The applications will be scrutinized by a Committee of the EC constituted for this purpose and after due scrutiny will be put up for approval of the EC which may accept or reject such applications in its discretion. No representations in this regard will be entertained from the applicant. In case the application for the grant is approved the sum aforesaid will be released and credited to the bank account of the applicant through electronic transfer.” The announcement, made on May 25, 2020, also clarified that the SCBA’s financial resources were not being used towards the scheme, which is being financed by the “generous and voluntary” donations of SCBA members. The last date to apply for financial assistance under this scheme is June 3, 2020.Click Here To Download Guidelines[Read Guidelines] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more