Government has ‘pickpocketed from cradle to grave’ – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has railed against the government for being so out of touch for the suffering of ordinary people that it believes that the meagre allowances given in Budget 2016 will absolve them of the callous cuts of their term in office.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Minister, with Budget 2016, your Government made it clear how seriously out of step you are with the suffering of the ordinary people of Ireland.
“I say that the measures introduced by Budget 2016 are too little, too late, and too cynical by far.
“While I welcome the row back due to pressure from myself and others on certain measures, I would have been happier to see your Government taking more of Sinn Fein’s proposals on board.
“Christmas comes but once a year and the other 51 weeks have not been made any easier by the small change promised by the €3 to €6 increase in FIS, the €3 increase in pensions, and the €2 here, €2.70 there for their qualified dependents, or the restoration of the €5 you pillaged from children in your cuts to Child Benefit over the years of your reign.
“More spending would have redistributed income and reduced inequality but you cynically decided to play election politics. Throw crumbs to the masses and favour your friends with tax cuts. Tell me where the fairness is in that.
“One of the central roles of any Government is to protect its vulnerable citizens. This Government has pickpocketed from the cradle to the grave.
“You targeted the elderly, the disabled, lone parents, struggling low income families with children, mothers and young children, jobseekers and the long term unemployed for the most savage cuts over the course of the four budgets that you have overseen in your term in office.
“I have unashamedly and consistently condemned the onslaught of cuts under your stewardship. Sinn Féin can do a better job. We believe that a real recovery should be a fair recovery, and our Alternative Budget is our roadmap.”