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Proposed Child Benefit cut to be put to Minister – Ó Laoghaire

7 June, 2016 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD


Speaking today on reports that linking child benefit to school attendance is a policy that could be pursued, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire stated that this needed to be clarified once and for all.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire said that he would be using his allotted question time to Minister Zappone to ‘either qualify or quash this ridiculous proposal’.

The Cork South Central TD said:

“This rumour has spun on for long enough. The government needs to issue a statement and provide some clarity around its future plans regarding the linking of child benefit to school attendance. Minister Denis Naughton has said that it is a proposal that Fine Gael TD’s have indicated they will support. This needs to be qualified, or put to bed.

“I’m surprised that this proposal has once again emerged as a possibility. It has been a remarkably poor idea from the beginning as it would disproportionally affect those children who already find themselves at a distinct disadvantage, and that come from already heavily marginalised backgrounds.

“I have oral questions with the Minister later this week and I shall be using my time to raise this issue with Minister Zappone, with the expectation of a satisfactory answer which either qualifies or quashes this ridiculous proposal. I am both hopeful and expectant that it will be the latter.” 

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