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Austerity hitting young people and children hardest

14 May, 2013

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Youth Affairs Kathryn Reilly has called for an urgent debate in the Seanad on the impact of austerity on young people and children. The call comes after the publication of two new reports, by the ESRI and NESC, detailing to social impact of austerity.

Senator Reilly said:

“Today two very important reports were released. The ESRI released a study of the impact of the economic crisis on younger and older people. The National Economic and Social Council released a detailed report on the social dimension of the economic crisis.

“The detail of these two documents makes for very depressing reading. They provide further evidence of the devastating impact austerity is having on people. They also demonstrate that austerity is hitting young people and children hardest.

“The NESC report confirms that 22 per cent of all households are now without any work and the report says that a quarter of all children are living in jobless households

“The ESRI report tells us that the impact of the crisis on people under the age of 45 has been dramatic, particularly when compared with the over 45s.

“Given the importance of these two reports and the issues they explore I have requested a special Seanad debate to which the report’s authors would be invited to present the key findings.

“This would be followed by a debate on the impact of the crisis and the government’s policies of austerity are having on people.”


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