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Minister Varadkar continues Fianna Fáil's discrimination against young people - John Brady TD

2 November, 2016 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection and TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has said that Minister Varadkar has made a clear choice to continue Fianna Fáil's discrimination against young people.

Teachta Brady said:

"Yesterday, Minister Varadkar confirmed that the €5 increase in social welfare payments announced in Budget 2017 will go to everyone except those under 26 years of age.

"The increase amount is therefore, dependent on a recipients age alone.

"Those on Jobseekers aged 18-24 will receive an increase of €2.70 and those aged 25 will receive €3.80.

"Under 26s are the one and only group of social welfare recipients set to receive less than €5 in their payment.

"Just as Fianna Fáil singled out this cohort of young people so too is Minister Varadkar.

"Last month Deputy Willie O'Dea criticised the reduced amount for the under 26s and said that Fianna Fáil would work to reverse this. If his party's concerns are genuine then Fianna Fáil will oppose the upcoming Social Welfare Bill. If not, we will see yet another U turn from the party.

"Unlike, most of what Fianna Fáil have done since the last election their message for under 26s has certainly been consistent - live on your €100 a week and be grateful or emigrate.

"This message suits Varadkar perfectly."

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