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Adams launches campaign for restoration of Christmas Bonus payment

11 November, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today launched his party’s campaign to have the Christmas Social Welfare payment restored. Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Dublin Mr. Adams said the cut by the Government was scrooge-like and will only have negative implications for the economy and society.

Gerry Adams said:

“The axing in April’s emergency budget of the Christmas Social Welfare payment (better known as the Christmas Bonus) is one of the meanest and most scrooge-like cuts I have ever witnessed. Not even during the harsh economic times of the 1980’s was this payment axed.

“Having sat on their hands while thousands of jobs were lost over the past year this Government now wants to make things even harder for ordinary families and pensioners dependant on social welfare this Christmas.

“As well as the hardship it will mean for those directly affected, the axing of Christmas Bonus makes no economic sense. It will result in millions of euros being taken out of local economies putting jobs at further risk.

“But what does it say about society here in Ireland? Sinn Féin believes that the measure of any society is in how it looks after its most vulnerable people. This Government clearly does not share that priority with us.

“Between now and the Budget Sinn Féin will be doing everything we can to put pressure on the Government to restore this payment.”


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