Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has criticised the government for the way it has gone about introducing the Social Welfare and Pensions (No.2) Bill 2013.
Speaking from Leinster House today, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“This is the wrong way to do business. The government are not giving sufficient time to fully consider the Bills contents or to thoroughly investigate the alternatives that I am proposing.
“In addition, they are sitting on the Mercer report which was commissioned and paid for with public money to examine the very matters this Bill addresses. We don’t know what is in that report. It may endorse the government's approach, it may not.
“In terms of a new wind-up priority order, the new burden sharing formula doesn't go as far I want and it doesn’t even go as far as the Minister herself suggested in 2011.”