Sinn Féin Introduce Bill to Halt Restructuring of MABS

Martin Ferris, TD, seeking protection for MABS. ©Photograph:  John Reidy
Martin Ferris, TD, seeking protection for MABS. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Martin Ferris has called on his colleagues in Kerry to support MABS in the county by supporting the Social Welfare Miscellaneous Provisions Amendment Bill 2017 in the Dáil.

The bill is being introduced by Sinn Féin TD John Brady.

A Detrimental Impact

“The sole purpose of this Bill is to remove MABS from the remit of the Citizens Information Board who are attempting to restructure MABS, something which will have a detrimental impact on the service,” said Deputy Ferris.
“This restructuring comes without any proper consultation with MABS, without the support of the majority of MABS across the State, and in direct conflict with the recent recommendations from the Joint Committee on Social Protection who unanimously recommended halting the restructuring process.

Excellent Service

“Every public representative in Kerry knows what an excellent service MABS provides to those who are struggling with debt, many of whom are in mortgage distress, the service provided by MABS is needed now more than ever.”
“The regionalisation model put forward by CIB is not welcome by the MABS service yet, their views are going ignored and the restructuring process is now underway. I hope my fellow Kerry TDs support the Bill,” said Deputy Ferris.

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