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Protest today against cuts to home helps & child benefit

13 October, 2012


Dublin Mid-West Sinn Féin will be holding a protest against the cuts to home helps and the proposed cuts to child benefit today, Saturday 13th of October in Clondalkin Village at 1pm at the offices of Fine Gael Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Labour TD Robert Dowds.

Announcing the protest Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin said:

“Fine Gael and Labour are pressing ahead with their cuts to home helps. These cuts will have a devastating impact on those who rely on this service.

“The Government is also planning to cut child benefit payments. This will lead to increased financial hardship for thousands of families and an increase in child poverty.

“If the Government is serious about making the very wealthy pay their fair share then they should introduce a third rate of income tax on individual incomes over €100,000 per year. This would raise more money than the cuts to home helps and child benefit combined.

“With over 10,000 people on the live register in Clondalkin and Lucan and unemployment up 10% since September 2011 it is clear that the Government is not working in the interests of ordinary people.

“We need investment in jobs to get people back to work not cuts to vital services.

“If you agree with us then join our protest on Saturday 13th of October in Clondalkin Village AT 1pm at the offices of Fine Gael Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Labour TD Robert Dowds.” ENDS

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