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No government for young people – Reilly

13 October, 2015

Speaking in response to Budget 2016, Sinn Féin Seanad Finance Spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has strongly criticised the government for ignoring young people yet again.

Senator Reilly said:

“In today’s budget, the government were happy dress up perceived giveaways for certain demographics. However, they made sure that young people did not benefit from the so-called recovery.

“It is clear that in the eyes of this government that certain sections of society are more equal than others. At its best, this budget shows the apathy this government has towards you young people; at its worst, it highlights their disdain.

“This government has consistently target young people because they are a voting bloc that they know that have depleted in number, demoralised in spirit, and made cynical about politics.

“It is appallingly evident that the leader of the Labour party has let down young people yet again, even those in the youth branch of her own party who campaigned for a restoration of jobseekers allowance for under 25s.

“However, it doesn’t surprise me that this government has failed young people once more. They have pursued ageist policies for the past number of years which had the sole aim of forcing young unemployed people to emigrate.

“What is very clear after today is that this is no government for young people” 

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