Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said that today’s cut to child benefit further highlights the Labour Party’s failure in government to protect ordinary families.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Today, 38,735 families throughout this state are being reminded of Eamon Gilmore’s defiant statement before entering government with Fine Gael. He declared that not cutting child benefit would be a ‘redline issue’ for the Labour Party agreeing to any coalition.
“The hypocrisy of that statement is felt sharply now as, starting from today, 51, 254 children will have €10 a month taken off them.”
The cut affects the fourth and each subsequent child with the payment being slashed from €140 to €130.
Ó Snodaigh continued:
“This is the third cut to child benefit since this government came to power. The Labour Party entered government with a promise to be Fine Gael’s watchdog. The sad reality is that they have been nothing more than Fine Gael’s lapdogs. The Labour Party is actively implementing a set of policies which clearly amount to a never-ending attack on the poor and working families.
“The Labour Party has absolutely failed to protect ordinary families. In May of this year, those families will have their opportunity to respond to that abandonment.”