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One in three children at risk of poverty in Ireland- Lynn Boylan MEP

24 November, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to introduce urgent measures to deal with child poverty and social exclusion in Ireland, as a European report shows that 33.9% of children in Ireland are at risk of poverty.

Ms. Boylan said:

“This report shows that more than one in four children in Europe are at risk of poverty.

“Ireland is higher than the EU average, with this figure standing at one in three.

“Under this government child poverty rates have doubled, in no doubt due to the austerity policies introduced by the current Irish government.

“Poverty is inextricably linked to social exclusion, with this study demonstrating that children living with single parents are at a greater risk of poverty.

“Obviously Joan Burton and her Labour colleagues are oblivious to this fact as they ploughed ahead with lone parent payment cuts despite the crippling effect this cut has on single parent families.

“This vicious cut has seeped into other government created crisis, for example, at any one time two ­-thirds of families in emergency accommodation are lone-parent families.

“Sinn Féin has repeatedly called on Minster Burton to reverse this cruel cut.

“Today in Strasbourg MEPs adopted a resolution calling on EU countries to make children a priority in their policies. They also recommended that member states guarantee that all children have access to free, inclusive and quality public education at any age.”

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