Job losses in Bailieborough disproves Governments recovery spin – Reilly
Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has today responded to the government’s Spring Statement and their continuous spin about the end of austerity and a nationwide recovery.
Senator Reilly said;
“This government does not understand the daily realities of life for the vast majority of the people of Ireland. They are oblivious to the fact that 19% of workers experience in-work poverty and that 25% of all workers earn less than the living wage of €11.45 per hour.
“How can a recovery be heralded when we have wide-spread low paid work?
“Any semblance of a recovery is certainly not being felt in rural Ireland. The Border region has felt the brunt of the economic downturn and the austerity policies of this government. This is reinforced by the Central Statistics Office figures on labour force and employment numbers in the Border region. From 2011 when this government took office until the end of 2014, the labour force in the Border region dropped by 14,100 people. During the same period the number of people in employment fell by 1,300.”
“Indeed the closure of J&L Stores in Bailieborough last week further highlights that there is no recovery in the Border region.
“The government today made promises of extra spending and tax cuts in order to try and buy the next election without addressing the enormous inequalities prevalent in Ireland. They used scare tactics to try and demonize Sinn Féin for disagreeing with their rhetoric,
“If there is to be a fair recovery for all the citizens of Ireland it must prevail across the country and be felt by every person in the state. That is what Sinn Féin want; we want a recovery for all and not just the privileged few.”