Life is a struggle in the South West Inner City, one of the most deprived areas in the country - Ní Dhalaigh
Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh,is a member of Dublin City Council and the Emmet/Clarke cumann. Dublin
Speaking in favour of motion 92
Is ionann straitéis eacnamaíochta an Rialtais seo agus an straitéis a bhí ag Fianna Fáil agus na Glasaigh. Ta siad go léir ag dul sa treo céanna – an bóthar mícheart do mhuintir na hÉireann ach go h áirithe dóibh siúd atá ag stracailt.
Tar éis an olltoghchán bhí an pobal ag súil le athrú. Ach rinneadh feall orthu. Tá gach gealltanas caite ar leathaobh agaibh tá agus briseadh croi agus eadóchas brúite ar mhuintir ná hEireann.
A chairde, it is two years since Labour came to power.
Since then the number of people signing on at Thomas Street dole office in my area has increased to more than four and a half thousand men and women. (4,556 April 2013 compared to 4,499 in February 2011 when present government came to power)
But we’re warned the government has a solution.
The government has a plan.
This government doesn’t have a solution to unemployment. It has a solution to the unemployment figures.
It’s a jobs fair at the RDS and a one-way ticket to Canada or to Australia. It’s a lifestyle choice – according to Joan Burton, like she says living in poverty is. Emigration is ripping the heart out of families and communities.
Life is a struggle in the South West Inner City, one of the most deprived areas in the country.
I see the results of government cuts: children going to school hungry, adults not eating to have enough for food, rent and clothes.
We have a rise in crime, deprivation, suicide, dereliction and drug dealing - all linked to austerity budgets.
Sick people are on trolleys and elderly people waiting for step down beds in nursing homes and yet in Inchicore there is a brand new 12.4 million euro community nursing home empty for two years.
Labour minister, Joan Burton has added to the housing crisis by reducing rent allowance and forcing recipients into cheaper substandard accommodation and in some cases into homelessness.
Fine Gael Minister Francis Fitzgerald’s savage cuts on local Youth Services will result in the loss of vital youth projects.
Let me finish with a couple of figures you might not have heard before.
In 2008, there were 16,300 people in this state who were classed as ‘High Net Worth Individuals’ - worth €1 million or more.
By 2011, that number had increased to 22,000 people.
In the middle of the recession the wealthiest people in Ireland are getting richer.
There’s no-one I represent in the inner city who can say the same.
They say they can't find the money to pay the respite care grant.
They say they can’t find the money for child benefit.
They say they can’t find the money for decent social housing.
They just can’t find it.
Mo cairde, I know 22,000 people they could be asking.
Tabhair aire do na daoine, ní na bancanna.