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Ó Snodaigh calls for restoration of Christmas Bonus

10 November, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin Social and Family Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called on the Government to immediately restore the Christmas Social Welfare payment.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said failure to restore the payment would push thousands of people into the hands of ruthless money lenders this Christmas.

He said:

“The cut of the Christmas Social Welfare payment will cause untold hardships for families and irreversible damage to local economies throughout the state.

“Most low-income families shop locally and many will be forced into the hands of unscrupulous money lenders should these cuts be made. It is paramount that the government prioritises the needs of those who are already in financial difficulty at this particular time of year.” ENDS

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