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“Brian Lenihan should try living on €204.30 per week” – Morgan

28 May, 2009

Sinn Féin Economy spokesperson Arthur Morgan has described as “Thatcherite” the comments of Finance Minister Brian Lenihan who has claimed that social welfare rates are “far more generous than those in other countries” and are a disincentive to work. Deputy Morgan said:

“Finance Minister Brian Lenihan’s Thatcherite comments should be rejected out of hand. His suggestion that social welfare rates in this State are too generous is an insult to the tens of thousands of people dependent on social welfare who are struggling from week to week.

“Brian Lenihan should try living on the €204.30 per week Jobseekers Allowance. Or better still he should try living on the €100 per week, the new rate for unemployed people under 20, after the Fianna Fáil/Green Government’s savage budget cut.

“Thousands of people are joining the dole queues every month thanks to the disastrous policies of this Government. But instead of coming up with a real job retention and job creation strategy Minister Lenihan is preparing to cut social welfare on the spurious basis that unemployed people don’t want to work because welfare payments as so generous. They are to have more hardship inflicted on them to spur them on to find jobs that do not exist.

“People need to mobilise in opposition to this totally discredited Government’s attacks on the living standards of low income families.” ENDS

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