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Young people should reach-out as unfair budget cuts kick in – Ó Snodaigh

2 January, 2014 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said that it is important that young unemployed people reach-out for help from family and friends as cuts to their dole payments kick in this month.

O Snodaigh said:

“I am very worried that many young people will be further marginalised from their social circles as a result this unfair cut to their dole payment. It costs money to see your friends, especially when you are younger.

“Younger unemployed people may now decide not to attend social gatherings because they may feel embarrassed at not being able to afford a pint, a coffee or a bit of lunch. In such situations, it often feels more comfortable simply to stay at home.

“These are the minutia of social life and they contribute to the state of your mental health. I am very concerned that more and younger people might start to feel isolated and think that they do not have anywhere to turn. I would ask them not to submit to any dark thoughts because of such feelings.

“I am calling on them to reach out to their friends and family. I have no doubt that they will find an understanding and supportive ear.”

“I think younger Irish people tend to be quite proud. I have talked to many younger people and they are starting to develop feelings of inadequacy. That is wrong and there is no doubt in my mind that government policy is contributing to such feelings.

“Youth unemployment remains staggeringly high and there is glaring absence of a strategy to tackle it. How else should we expect our young people to feel in these circumstances? They are living their lives in a void.

“My message to young unemployed people this January is simply this – you have not failed this state. This state has failed you.”

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