Sinn Féin seek ‘a fair and just society’ – Brady
Speaking on the Revised Estimates for Social Protection for 2016, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Social Protection, John Brady has expressed surprise that there is no increase in funding for Social Protection given the gravity of inequality and hardship being felt right throughout the country.
The Wicklow TD said:
“The Programme for Government acknowledges that ‘Irish people have worked hard for the economic progress we now have’. The Government continue to pat Irish people on the back for the sacrifices they made and continue to make to achieve this ‘economic success’.
“Yet, it does not take too much looking to see the rewards for those who were forced to make the sacrifices for our ‘economic success’. There are none. In fact, in many cases, they are worse off now than ever before.
“While, the Government can talk about GDP growth and being the fastest growing economy in Europe we are also a country with 1.3 million people experiencing deprivation. According to CSO figures, three quarters of a million people living in poverty, and in research carried out by MANDATE, one in ten people are experiencing food poverty; that’s nearly half a million citizens.
“And the Government response to that is clear in their Summer Economic Statement; the €11.3 billion available is to be wasted on massive tax cuts which benefit the better off while expenditure continues to decline as percentage of GDP.
“That also includes the plans for a rainy day fund. For those that continue to suffer out there, every day is a rainy day. The Government talk about giving tax breaks and taking people out of the USC net, what about taking people out of the poverty net?
“Sinn Féin has produced measures in our alternative budget year on year to tackle the growing inequalities in society and to invest in public services. This is something that has also been called for by a number of voluntary organisations.
“We do not want a utopia; we want a fair and just society where people can live without the major inequalities and struggles they face today.”