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Child Poverty Figures a shocking indictment of government policies – Mitchell

21 July, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Figures released this week by Tasc, show there are 138,000 children in consistent poverty. Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Bay North Denise Mitchell sees this figure as a shocking indictment on policies adopted by the current and previous government.

Deputy Mitchell said:

“Savage cuts have been inflicted on the people in recent times, and according to this report, child poverty has doubled from 2008 to 2014 and has reached ‘worrying levels’. This report is wide in its study, showing this country has over 2,000 children living in emergency accommodation. We now have the number of children experiencing food poverty doubling since 2009 , with the health of children from the most disadvantaged groups ‘significantly worse’ than the national average.

“Of all households lone parents have the highest poverty and depravation rates. Over a fifth of lone parent families are in consistent poverty. These have been one of the groups hit by previous cuts in payments. In Dublin we see that the number of children in emergency accommodation has doubled from 2014 to 2016.

“The current government certainly are not ‘cherishing the children of the nation equally’ and need to focus on the basics in serving society, and ask themselves how to care for the most vulnerable through budgetary measures or otherwise.

“The figures unfortunately are not surprising, considering previous Eurostat reports which previously  showed that one third of Irish children were at risk of poverty.

“In the coming budget we hope that the Government are conscious of these numbers and prioritise investment in services. This is something Sinn Féin will help progress in their place as opposition to the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail Government.”


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