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Ó Snodaigh calls for return of Christmas Bonus Social Welfare payment at party think-in

20 September, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed Bríd O’Brien, Policy Director of the INOU to the Sinn Féin Pre-Dáil resumption think in meeting today in Dublin.

Speaking during the course of his introduction Deputy Ó Snodaigh announced that Sinn Féin will once again call for the restoration of the Christmas Bonus Social Welfare payment in its pre-budget submission which will be published in the coming months.

He said:

“We are delighted to have Bríd O’Brien of the INOU here with us today. Sinn Féin members played a roll in the foundation of the INOU. The work of the INOU and in particular their work highlighting the real experience of the unemployed as they interact with the welfare system has been valuable to me in my role as Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection.

“We find ourselves on the same side of the argument in our efforts to oppose punitive measures against the unemployed which have been increasing in frequency.

“Sinn Féin is campaigning to provide jobs for the unemployed. In stark contrast to the Government, Sinn Féin has a job creation strategy. In 2009 we published our three year plan ‘Getting Ireland Back to Work’ which sought to save the one thousand jobs per day that were being lost.

“Earlier this year, together with Ógra Shinn Féin, we published ‘Solutions to Youth Unemployment’ which created over 40,000 jobs for the young unemployed along with thousands more opportunities for education and training.

“And last week we published ‘Let’s Get Dublin Working’ which includes proposals to save and create almost 100,000 jobs in Dublin in 2011.

“Sinn Féin is also advocating that social welfare for the unemployed be increased in the form of the return on the Christmas bonus. We have identified the necessary revenue for this and it will be detailed in our pre-budget submission.

“Sinn Féin rejects the Government’s approach to economic recovery. Rather we see increased funding for the welfare state as an integral part of our approach to economic recovery. Social welfare recipients spend their income and as such this form of public spending acts as a much needed stimulus for the real economy and involves a significant employment kick-back.” ENDS

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