UNICEF report on child poverty a shocking indictment of successive conservative Governments – Cullinane
Sinn Fein T.D. for Waterford David Cullinane described a new report from children’s charity Unicef which shows that almost a third of Irish children are materially deprived as a shocking indictment of successive conservative governments in this state.
The report states that one-third of children in this state miss out on basic needs such as housing, heating, health care and adequate food.
Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:
"As the Dáil meets today to go through the motions and will fail once again to elect a Taoiseach, this report highlights the failure of the conservative parties of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael who have dominated Government and opposition since the foundation of the state.
"Sinn Féin has consistently opposed policies which have deepened inequality and poverty. We warned against the austerity policies of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. We brought forward legislation to ensure all budgets are equality and poverty proofed. We brought forward costed, fair and deliverable alternative budgets all opposed by the conservative bloc in Leinster House.
"Sinn Féin will not prop up Fianna Fáil which brought the country to its knees through financial and political greed and corruption or Fine Gael which has supervised the greatest growth of inequality in the history of this state.
"Instead, we want to build a progressive alternative with like-minded parties, groups and independents and in wider civic society as we go about the business of holding whatever government emerges to account over the coming months and years.
"The political charade of both conservative parties trying to form a minority Government is all to avoid an inevitable coalescing of conservative political interests. Based on voting trends, they are swimming against the tide of history which will inevitably see one conservative block emerge as well as a coherent progressive formation which can challenge power. That is what we in Sinn Féin are seeking.
"Sinn Fein has long recognised that parties which created the crises of housing, homelessness, poverty, low pay and inequality and of two-tier education and health systems, are not capable of delivering real change.
“The promise to cherish all of the children equally and addressing child poverty requires the implementation of fair and progressive policies. Sinn Féin will endeavour to work constructively with others to bring this about."