…weeks after no-confidence motion successfully passedThe certification of the no-confidence vote has signalled that all post-December 21, 2018 Government business should be limited to essential operations.However, President David Granger on January 23, 2019 gave his assent to the Amended Nurses and Midwives Bill, making it law. On January 4, 2019, the National Assembly, without the presence of Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs), met and passed the Bill.This was about two weeks after the no-confidence motion was successfully passed and certified by the Speaker of the National Assembly.Government had a majority of 33 over the Opposition’s 32 seats, but was defeatedPresident David Grangerafter former Alliance For Change (AFC) member Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.Meanwhile, the legality of the Bill’s passage and subsequent presidential assent, as with other post-December 21 initiatives, is likely to garner much contention, since some legal minds opined that Government should have a limited role.But President Granger has openly stated that he would remain President and that “there is no such thing as a caretaker Government”.Some legal minds are of the view that Guyana could be on the path to a constitutional crisis. One such person is People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who said on Wednesday that Government’s delaying measures in calling elections could affect Guyana’s stance on a number of national and international matters, since an “illegitimate Government” would not be appropriate to advocate the country’s cause on an international stage.Nevertheless, via the President’s assent to the Amended Nurses and Midwives legislation, provision has been made to allow nurses and midwives the opportunity to study and specialise in various areas. The previous Nurses’ Bill, which governed the training and employment of nurses and midwives, had been enacted since 1942. As reported, nurses would have the opportunity to study and upgrade their careers through tertiary education and other studies.The law provides for a Nurses and Midwives Council to be established. The law sought to make provision for the registration and regulation of nurses, midwives and nursing assistants. It outlines that anyone in the nursing profession found guilty of professional misconduct can face a fine of up to $100,000.Another penalty relates to practising without a valid licence, wherein the Bill says that any nurse or midwife guilty of this offence shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $500,000 and 12 months’ imprisonment.
Donegal’s first Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) has been agreed and worked out well for all parties, a leading Personal Insolvency expert has said.The Donegal family have managed to hold onto their family home and still work off their debts.Paul Carr, who heads up Market House Insolvency Services Ltd (MHIS Ltd), said he now expects other similar cases to be reached across Co Donegal.Commenting on the agreement, Mr Carr, a Personal Insolvency Practitioner with MHIS Ltd, said that he was delighted for the family. The PIA, which involves secured mortgage debt, is a type of agreement that is unique to Ireland.“We are now able to show firm evidence that the new Personal Insolvency legislation is working. It is important to understand that every case is different and that they will be dealt with based on the individual circumstances involved. We are confident that the process can deliver a fair outcome for all stakeholders,” said Mr Carr.The case involved a man with a young family who had a number of investment properties.The agreement allows the family to stay in their family home while continuing to pay their house mortgage. The investment properties were surrendered voluntarily to the financial institution to be sold. A significant lump sum was paid over to the financial institution in settlement.This money was raised from the debtor’s friends and family. The remaining debt which is in excess of €170,000 will be written off.The PIA will end one month after all aspects of the agreement are completed. At that time the person’s debts will be completely written off apart from the mortgage on his family home. The family will then be able to get on with their lives without the burden of excess debt.MHIS Ltd provide a comprehensive Personal Insolvency service to people who are experiencing debt issues.The company was set up by Paul Carr and Peter McDonnell who are Partners in the well-known Accountancy practice, S MacRory & Co. Paul is based at the firm’s Letterkenny office in Market Square, while Peter is based in Tirconnaill Street in Donegal Town. They can be contacted at 074 9122188 or 074 9721908.PERSONAL INSOLVENCY ARRANGEMENT WILL WORK IN DONEGAL – EXPERT was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalPaul CarrPersonal Insolvency Arrangement