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Sinn Féin to take Christmas Bonus campaign to Ministers’ offices

3 December, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking ahead of a state wide day of action as part of his party’s campaign to restore the Christmas bonus, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the party was using the final days before the budget to increase pressure on the government to restore the payment. The day of action coincides with the date when many recipients would have received their Christmas social welfare payment in previous years,

Ó Snodaigh said:

“Over the coming days the government will be making its final decisions regarding the details of next week’s budget. Sinn Féin is demanding that the budget include the restoration of the Christmas Social welfare payment, cut in April’s emergency budget.

“Tomorrow Sinn Féin activists will take part in a state wide day of action to demand the restoration of the payment. Activists will be taking part in street protests in city and town centres as well as bringing the campaign to the constituency offices of government Ministers.

“Among those offices which will be targeted will be Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s office in Tullamore, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan’s constituency office, Conor Lenihan’s office in Tallaght, Pat Carey’s office in Finglas and Minister Noel Dempsey constituency office.

“Sinn Féin is totally opposed to social welfare cuts. The removal of the Christmas bonus was an attack on the income of those already barely able to get by and signalled the Government’s intention of making up the shortfall in public finances by cutting social welfare.

“We will not stand by and let government ministers ignore the real hardship which this unjustifiable cut has had for many families and pensioners. In our pre budget submission we showed how the money can be raised to meet costs of restoring this Christmas bonus and avoiding further cuts to social welfare. The Christmas bonus must be restored.” ENDS

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