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Tackling poverty in Ireland and EU depends on ending austerity – Matt Carthy

1 May, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has said that tackling poverty in Ireland and across the EU depends on ending the imposition of austerity policies.

Speaking in Longford this afternoon the Midlands Northwest candidate said:

“If we are to tackle poverty in Ireland and across the EU the very first thing we need to do is end the imposition of austerity.

“The European Union is in crisis – an economic crisis, a social crisis and a political crisis. Poor design, bad policies and incompetent leadership are to blame. The consequence of this crisis is a growth in poverty for both those in work and those trapped in low paid jobs. Unemployment, emigration, debt and poverty have become a daily reality for millions of people.

“According to figures from the EAPN, poverty in the EU has increased by over 6 million since 2010 to 124.5 million people, despite the target being to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020.

“Both the EU and the Irish government must do more than simply pay lip service to eradicating poverty. An urgent review of the approach to eradicating poverty is required otherwise rather than reduce poverty by 2020 there will be a continuing growth in poverty.

“Sinn Féin is working for an alternative based on fairness – both in Ireland and in the EU.   Tackling poverty in Ireland also requires us to tackle issues such as legacy banking debt which has been put on the backs of the Irish people who are struggling to survive on falling disposable incomes.

“A strong team of Sinn Féin MEPs will work to end austerity and advocate for real solutions for those worst hit by the economic crisis.”

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