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Fianna Fáil voice hollow concern for young jobseekers – Brady

13 October, 2016 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Fianna Fáil's phoney concerns for young Jobseekers would have been better raised while they were writing Budget 2017.

Teachta Brady said: 

“It's a bit late in the day for Fianna Fáil to be coming out crying crocodile tears at the tiny increase to young Jobseekers having being part of negotiating the Budget themselves.

“This is a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael Budget. Fianna Fáil agreed to the Budget that was announced this week including the increase for Jobseekers. 

“Perhaps, Fianna Fáil have only realised that this is an issue now. 

“Fianna Fáil have spent the week patting themselves on the back for the little good that is in this Budget. They made it clear that their priority in the Budget talks was older people.

“Fianna Fáil were the first to start the discriminatory cuts to young Jobseekers at the very start of the recession. They are responsible for thousands of our young people leaving our country. 

“Sinn Féin remain consistent in our call for the full restoration of Jobseekers for all recipients regardless of age. In our alternative Budget we included a €40 increase in the payment for the under 26s as part of its restoration. I did not see this in Fianna Fáil's half attempted alternative Budget.” 

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