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Ó Snodaigh addresses Social Protection conference

21 September, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking at a conference hosted by Social Justice Ireland today, on the topic ‘The Future of the Welfare State’ Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh said his party would properly fund social welfare services in Ireland.

He said a properly funded welfare state is something Ireland could be proud of despite its negative portrayal in the media.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The purpose of Ireland’s welfare state should radically changed, from a system focused on social assistance to one of greater universalism and inclusive social insurance.

“Funding the welfare state, and in particular spending on social protection, is a vital part of our solution to the recession because a by-product of this type of public spending is its positive stimulating effect on the real domestic economy.

“Sinn Féin would seek to introduce new benchmarks and mechanisms for proofing and monitoring all changes to the tax and social welfare system to ensure that it works to actively narrow the societal incomes ratio or gap. This would ensure that our system is progressive.

“Sinn Féin would give all in society a stake in the welfare state and hence a greater motivation to support it.

“For too long social welfare in Ireland has been portrayed negatively in the media. The reality is that a properly funded welfare state is something Ireland could be very proud of.” ENDS

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