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Budget will cause untold damage to the very fabric of our communities – O’Brien

7 December, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in the Dáil today the Sinn Féin spokesperson on justice and equality, Jonathan O’Brien, condemned the budget and said that it was an indictment of the government’s views of the least well off and demonstrated a complete disregard for their wellbeing and quality of life.

The Cork North Central TD said:

“The Comprehensive Expenditure Report reads as a litany of punishments for those who are poor, who are vulnerable, disabled, migrants, women, carers, lone parents – for those who received nothing during the years of the Celtic Tiger when Fianna Fail and Fine Gael were content to receive donations in the Galway tents. Those people, who are now on the very margins of society are the ones who are being forced to shoulder the burden of a budget that is specifically designed to protect the interests of the very people who are to blame for our broken and damaged economy.

“Even the most cursory reading of the budget will demonstrate how it is designed to punish the poor. The Minister for Finance was interviewed on Prime Time last night and said some very telling things with regard to this government’s attitude towards those less well off than themselves. He spoke of a mysterious group of “lobbyists” who went to the government seeking a reduction in the payments towards young people with disabilities – young people that the Minister had the audacity to refer to as “wayward children”. I would like to know who these people are and I am calling on the government to explain this to the public.

“This budget will cause untold damage to individuals, families and the very fabric of our communities. Labour and Fine Gael are to blame for this. It demonstrates a complete disregard to the wellbeing and quality of life of those who have little or nothing. They are the ones being punished for the economic illiteracy of this and previous governments.”

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