Don’t Look A Gift Voucher In The Mouth


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

The Social Democrats launch a new Bill – the Consumer Rights (Gift Vouchers) Bill, 2017 – to end the rip-off associated with gift vouchers and cards.

The bill would stop retailers “imposing expiration limits of less than five years on vouchers while prohibiting a range of charges connected to their use”.

Above from left: Pádraig Rice, Catherine Murphy TD, Anne-Marie McNally, spokesperson on Society and Citizenship, Roísín Shortall TD and Cian O’Callaghan, spokesperson on Housing Quality and Building Standards.

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This afternoon.

Royal College of Physicians,  Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Labour Employment spokesperson, Senator Ged Nash (Glasses) with the General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Patricia King (third right) at the launch of a bill to tackle bogus self-employment contracts that deny workers the same protection and entitlements as their employed colleagues.

The Protection of Employment (Measures to Counter False Self Employment) Bill 2017 would put all workers on an equal footing in situations where they are carrying out the same duties, but are not legally designated as ‘employees.

Fight, etc.

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31 thoughts on “Don’t Look A Gift Voucher In The Mouth

  1. edalicious

    I don’t know if the “Consumer Rights (Gift Vouchers) Bill” requires a big photo op launch event with giant gift voucher. Surely it’s just a fairly standard, run of the mill piece of legislature?

    1. Cian

      I agree – but most the time the politicians are in the news it’s due to some big photo op.

      It’s nice to see the ‘opposition’ getting it for a change….

  2. Bertie Blenkinsop

    My favourite political song is Shipbuilding by Elvis Costel… sorry, I thought this was for Golden Discs

      1. Bertie Blenkinsop

        Didn’t know they covered it…
        Went looking for it, decent.
        Then found Tamsin Archer’s version, also decent.
        That’s all for now, will keep you posted.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          It was on the Help album for Warchild. That was a brilliant collection. Everyone should have it.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            “Hi everyone, my name is Bertie Blenkinsop and I don’t reeeeealy like cover versions or compilation albums…”

          2. The Ghost of Starina

            I think (????) I still have it on CD somewhere. cover art by John Squire. God I feel old sometimes.

        1. Otis Blue

          On the subject of Wyatt and cover versions, there’s this:

          Bertie, that’s a bold statement to make. Do know that help is at hand? You need to know this. We’re all here for you.

          Best cover version of all? Sister Sledge’s Lost in Music as, eh, reimagined by The Fall. Nothing else comes close.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            You know when you go to see Weller and see all the lads with the Mod haircuts…
            where are they the rest of the time?
            Outside of the Foggy Dew it’s the only time you ever encounter them

          2. Brother Barnabas

            To think she wrote Wuthering Heights when she was 16 or 17 is fupping mind-blowing.

            (Trivia: apparently she has same birthday as Emily Bronte)

          3. Nigel

            Bertie, she’s a genius, I just didn’t realise how much sheer silly comedy she got away with purely through her ability to affect utter seriousness.

          4. Bertie Blenkinsop

            I saw her in Hammersmith Apollo, it was a near religious experience
            ( i know, I’m turning Uncle Albert repeating my stories )

    1. Mysterybeat

      It’s a serious business. She lost the fiver she had left on a One For All she got as a present 2 years ago.
      A Fiver!

  3. Bern

    I like the Soc Dems.
    But, in fairness, of all the rip offs in the country at the minute, this is pretty irrelevant.

    1. Cian

      The Director of Consumer Affairs (or is it the National Consumer Agency now?) has to act within the laws of the land. If it isn’t illegal to impose an expiration limits of, say, 2 years then they can do nothing to a company doing that.

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