Sinn Féin EU candidate Lynn Boylan today criticised the government and the EU after a report was released showing an increase in poverty levels in the EU.
Speaking today, the Sinn Fein candidate stated:
"The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) has launched its proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) to battle poverty for 2014.
"The EAPN report states that poverty in the EU has increased by over 6 million since 2010 to 124.5 million people, despite the target being to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020. The report also states that CSRs must show a significant shift to a more balanced economic and social approach, with more anti-poverty CSRs and a coherent overall approach to ensure progress on inclusive and sustainable growth.
"The last three Fine Gael and Labour budgets have independently been shown to be less fair to those on a lower income. The government is not only failing to close the poverty gap here but actually widening it, while continuing to resist any equality budgeting on a national level.
"Sinn Féin believes that all EU funding programmes should have an explicit and target driven role in promoting equality and social inclusion on grounds including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and social class.
"Both the EU and the Irish government must do more than simply play lip service to eradicating poverty. An urgent review of the approach to eradicating poverty is required otherwise rather than reduce poverty by 2020 there will be a continuing growth in poverty."