Sinn Féin TDs to attend rally in support of single parents
Sinn Féin TDs Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Mary Lou McDonald will both attend today’s protest march and rally against cuts affecting lone parents. The rally, organised jointly by SIPTU and the SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the rights of our Kids) campaign will gather at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance and proceed to the GPO.
Deputies Ó Snodaigh and McDonald are available for media comment.
Speaking ahead of the rally Deputy Ó Snodaigh, the party’s Social Protection Spokesperson said:
“Budget 2012 removed many of the protections that were rightly put in place to help lone parents with the costs associated with returning to work. It has re-introduced poverty traps and put in place obstacles to work despite the rhetoric from the government that the opposite was its objective.
“I can tell you without hesitation that the idea that lone parents want to sit on welfare is a myth. I have witnessed first-hand their desire to work. But they must have the supports to do so.
“I want to encourage all lone parents, men and women, and anyone who opposes this government’s approach to social welfare reform to come out on Saturday and support this protest organised by SIPTU and SPARK.”