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Leaks could do 'untold damage' to insolvency services

Fianna Fáil has called on the government to publish the guidelines immediately.

The Department of Justice said it will publish the bill later this month.
The Department of Justice said it will publish the bill later this month.
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THERE HAVE BEEN calls today for the government to publish the imminent insolvency guidelines immediately as leaks about its contents have concerned many families.

Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath said the ongoing speculation is creating worry and putting possible applicants off using the proposed services.

He said speculation based on leaks is causing “untold damage” on a service before it is even operational.

Figures reported at the weekend revealed that adults living under the proposed guidelines would be restricted to €60 weekly food budgets. However, the Taoiseach dismissed the newspaper reports, stating the figures were not binding but only indicative yardsticks.

Yesterday, the Sunday Independent said a single adult would be allowed less than €30 per week for sports and social activities and just over €30 for healthcare costs.

Micheál Martin likened the regime to “penal servitude”.

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