A bad day for social welfare recipients and a bad day for Labour:
As the Social Welfare Bill recommences this morning and is likely to conclude debate this afternoon, Aengus Ó Snodaig, Sinn Fein's spokesperson on Social Welfare and party whip ratcheted up pressure on Labour Party TDs to vote against the right wing cuts contained in it.
Calling on those with a social conscience and who agree with the teachings of aman they profess to revere James Connolly, Ó Snodaigh said "live up to your mandate, stand by the poorest in society, reverse the cuts, support the CE workers and reject this bill.
“Have the courage of your conviction, as Patrick Nulty, Tommy Broughan and Willie Penrose have shown and vote against the Thatcherite cuts Minister Joan Burton is attempting to force through the Dáil today.
"The poorest in Irish society, those dependent on state support, many who lost jobs in the recent past will suffer hugely if this bill, along with the other social welfare measures, which only require Minister Burton's signature with no Dáil debate, are allowed to pass."
Sinn Fein will be opposing the bill today at all stages.