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Ó Snodaigh backs St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal

23 November, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Responding to the St Vincent De Paul’s annual Christmas appeal today Sinn Fein’s Social and Family affairs Spokesperson Angus Ó Snodaigh has called for the Christmas bonus to be returned as it will put families under pressure this Christmas.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “Families will feel under pressure this Christmas without their Christmas bonuses and will be forced into the hands of ruthless money lenders. Already, as the St. Vincent de Paul highlighted today, there has been a 30% increase in requests for help as families are struggling to cope.

“Sinn Féin has highlighted this issue before as we feel it’s very important to protect those on social welfare this Christmas. There are others ways to cut spending in the budget without interfering with the Christmas bonuses or other social welfare payments.

“Sinn Féin has highlighted in our pre budget submission how the €4billion gap in public spending can be made with resorting to targeting social welfare or public spending.” ENDS

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