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Sinn Féin welcomes Coughlan's dramatic U-turn on Widows payments

7 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social, Community and Family Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, tonight welcomed Minister Mary Coughlan's "dramatic u-turn" regarding cuts in payments to widows and widowers.

Deputy Crowe said:

"While I would like to welcome the Minister for Social Welfare's dramatic u-turn on payments to widows and widowers it must be acknowledged that it has come about as a result of the massive public backlash against her crass and mean-spirited cuts and not because of some altruistic motivation.

"That she even contemplated, never mind implemented, such a move that victimised one of the most vulnerable groups in society while her fellow Ministers continued to pour money hand over fist into the coffers of their pet projects clearly shows how out of touch this Government has become.

"I would like to congratulate all those who campaigned against these cuts and who forced this right-wing Government into a spectacular climb down." ENDS

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