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Young people continue to be ignored by Government – Brady

6 October, 2016 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Minister Varadkar’s attitude towards young people is absolutely appalling. 

Speaking after raising the discriminatory cuts in Jobseekers for under 26s during Priority Questions, Teachta Brady said:

“Minister Varadkar seems to think that everyone under 26 are having a great time sitting at home, unwilling to work and satisfied on between €100 and €144 per week.

“Of course, it was his party Fine Gael who continued on the Fianna Fáil agenda of cutting Jobseekers payments for young people.

“Minister Varadkar refused to acknowledge that the cuts made directly discriminated against those under 26 years of age. Given that the payment levels are directly dependent on one’s age this discrimination is blatantly obvious perhaps, to everyone except the Minister. 

“Instead, the Minister took the time to discuss his and the Government’s success in reducing youth employment which remains at a staggering 15%.

“Young people continue to be ignored by this Government. I have directly asked the Minister to give something back to the under 26s in next week’s Budget. 

“Sinn Féin are committed to restoring the full Jobseekers payment to under 26s over two Budgets. In our alternative Budget launched this week, we include an increase of €40 in Jobseekers for the under 26s.

“Minister Varadkar needs to focus less of his attention on becoming the next Fine Gael leader and focus instead on rethinking his attitude towards young people.” 

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