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Budget 2014: Cut to young jobseekers' allowance encourages emigration

15 October, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking in response to budget 2014’s cuts to jobseekers’ allowance for under-25s, Sinn Féin’s social protection spokesperson, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said that the clear message from government to young people is that they should emigrate.

“When Fianna Fáil first cut the jobseekers allowance rate for the under 25s Back in Budget 2010 the Labour Party opposed the cut.  They called it for what it was.  

“Back then the Labour Party said: ‘It is abundantly clear that the real purpose of these reforms is to promote emigration’ and accused the government of hypocrisy for using the brain drain excuse not to tax high earners, while cutting back for those under 25.

“Despite those fine words and a promise not to cut social welfare rates, today the Labour and Fine Gael parties are kicking our young people in the teeth once again and this time they are kicking them even harder, giving them the choice of suffering even more hardship and poverty at home or taking the boat or plane.”

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