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Government free cheese move is absurd – Ó Snodaigh

7 November, 2010


Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described the Government’s announcement of free cheese for people in need at Christmas as absurd and highly insulting.

Speaking during a break in a meeting of party activists in Dublin yesterday Deputy Ó Snodaigh said social welfare rates need to be retained at current levels in the upcoming budget while the Christmas bonus payment should be restored.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The Government is about to hit the poorest sections of society with the toughest budget the state has ever seen and somehow believes that a block of cheese will ease their worries.

  “This is the worst example yet of how far removed the silver spooned

  Government TDs are from the harsh realities of living on the breadline.

  It is an absurd announcement and highly insulting.

“If the Government was serious about helping the poorest sections of society then it would implement Sinn Féin’s budget proposals which have shown how revenue can be raised to retain social welfare payments at current levels and to reintroduce the Christmas bonus payment.

“The reality is that people are being forced into the hands of unscrupulous money lenders simply to feed and clothe their families. A block of cheese is not going to keep the wolves from the door.”

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