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Ó Snodaigh moves Sinn Féin motion on cuts to Community Employment Schemes

7 February, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh has tonight moved a motion in opposition to the cuts to Community Employment Schemes.

Speaking in the Dáil Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“They say a society should be judged by how it treats it’s most vulnerable. So too should a government be judged by what it chooses to cut or support. This government’s priorities are becoming clearer by the day. Tonight we are focusing on the cuts to Community Employment but Fine Gael and Labour have also chosen to cut funding to disadvantaged schools, to a host of social welfare payments and they also chose to send frontline services into disarray with the early retirement scheme.

“Two weeks ago when I debated this issue with the Minister I charged that after she decided on the cuts in Budget 2012 she only announced a review to allow her backbenchers give the impression they were active in highlighting this attack on communities. Her failure to reject that charge is confirmation to all that this review is little more than respite for her backbenchers, not a genuine row-back from a mistake.

“By voting for cuts to Community Employment Schemes the Labour Party and Fine Gael are undermining the fabric of Irish society in more ways than one. They are undermining and damaging the already overstretched, underfunded yet efficient community infrastructure. They are undermining the activation agenda. They are undermining recovery and rehabilitation and they are condemning lone parents and their children to long-term social welfare dependency.

“Our motion tonight calls on the government to immediately reverse the cut of 66% to the CE Schemes training and materials budget and to immediately reinstate the training and materials budget to 2011 levels. I would urge all TDs from all parties to support it when it comes to a vote tomorrow.”

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