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Greater impact of austerity on women ​highlights inequality in Ireland​ - Lynn Boylan MEP

4 October, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on the ESRI report "Gender Impact of Tax and Benefit Changes" released yesterday.

Speaking from Glasgow, the Dublin MEP said:

"I am in Glasgow this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cumann na mBán.

"As I attend events recalling the role women played in Ireland's struggle one hundred years ago, I find myself reading a report on women struggling against austerity in Ireland today.

"The report makes it clear that women in Ireland have suffered mo​re throughout the last four years of austerity.

"Among the factors which have led to women suffering more are the reduction in child benefits, public sector pay changes and other social welfare reductions.

"As I celebrate the role of great women such as Glasgow born ​Margaret Skinnider in the Irish struggle one hundred years ago, I cannot but wonder what they would make of the role of women in Ireland today.

"Cumann na mBán was ​formed to 'advance the cause of Irish liberty and to organise Irishwomen in the furtherance of this object'.

"I suspect today there would be the added objective of advancing the cause of gender equality in Ireland'." 

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