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Labour’s promotional video advertises a false recovery – Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

24 August, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Social Protection has ridiculed Joan Burton’s Labour party promotional video that appeared on Facebook and on YouTube this weekend.

The video was accompanied by a message from Joan Burton which states that; “Things are getting better for Irish families…the recovery is beginning to reach the kitchen table”.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“She wants us to thank Labour for putting more money in the pockets of families, while figure have just been released that show the strain put on these same families as their kids return to school this week. 300,000 children will have applied for the clothing and footwear allowance before the end of September. That’s a rise of 110,000 since last year. 1,600 applications were received on one day in July. These are families who qualify because of their reduced financial circumstances.

“Where is the recovery for these families that she so condescendingly chirrups about in her latest feel-good, social media video clip?

“Where does she suggest the money come from for ‘that much-needed extra room, the lick of paint or holiday abroad for the kids’?  It is not just laughable it is contemptible to taunt these vulnerable families who have suffered most through the years of enforced austerity, and amongst whom poverty and deprivation rates are widespread and increasing.  These families are struggling this week with back to school costs in our ‘free education system’. There will be little left over for that kitchen makeover that our unrepresentative Tánaiste is happily encouraging.

“In fact, the people agree with me in their droves. The most recent Millward Brown national opinion poll published on 2nd August 2015, shows that 65% of us are dissatisfied with Joan Burton. I wonder if this had anything to do Labour’s new approach to connect with media users and Joan Burton’s shameless attempt to suggest to vulnerable families that they now have more disposable income thanks to her party’s policies.

“Thanks but no thanks Joan. The people will have their say come the next election.”

“She has again shown us how out of touch she is with the reality she and her cronies in Government created.”

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