TASC report damning indictment of state neglect – Ó Laoghaire
Speaking on the findings of the TASC report (Cherishing All Equally 2016) that was launched earlier today, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed both concern and regret that one in every eight children in the country now live in consistent poverty.
The Cork South Central TD said:
“The decisions taken by successive governments have created an environment that allows consistent poverty to exist, and are exacerbated by the lack of investment of the past couple of years in areas that experience distinct marginalization. Not only have these areas not been invested in, they have been neglected and have seen what would be considered vital services cut to the bone. It wouldn’t have taken an intensive critical analysis to foresee poverty increasing as a result of the policies that were, and continue to be pursued.
“It is scandalous the one in eight children now live in consistent poverty; it is scandalous that now over 2,000 children reside in emergency accommodation; and it is scandalous that there are situations where children with extremely serious medical issues are not in the position to obtain a medical card.
“This report clearly underlines need to restore and invest in the provision of our public services, such as housing, healthcare and childcare, which the disadvantaged rely on, rather than rushing towards tax cuts for the highest earners, which has been the case in the past.
“The discussion must be had in relation what kind of society we wish to live in, whether that be one that prioritises the prospect of tax cuts, or one that is appalled by how our children are subject to the failures of the state to protect them.”