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No surprise young people are turning their back on Establishment parties – Mitchell

24 May, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin deputy spokesperson on Social Protection Denise Mitchell TD has said comments by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar in which he claimed Sinn Féin is the “greatest threat to our democracy” are designed to distract from his party's pathetic failures in Government.

Varadkar went on to express his concern at the number of people in their 20s and 30s who are looking to Sinn Féin instead of the Establishment parties. 

Deputy Mitchell said:

“It should come as no surprise to Leo Varadkar that younger people are turning their backs on the two main right-wing parties of the State. These people are sick of the cruel cuts and inaction by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

“Varadkar himself, in his capacity as Social Protection Minister, is presiding over a regime that blatantly discriminates against jobseekers under the age of 26.

“Students are faced with large third-level registration fees while rents are spiralling out of control. Many young people have given up on the idea of ever owning their own home – and the response of the Government to the housing crisis has been nowhere near adequate.

“Is it any wonder that younger voters have no faith in Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil?”

Commenting on Leo Varadkar's remarks that as Taoiseach he plans to “expose Sinn Féin”, Deputy Mitchell said:

“The fact is that Leo Varadkar was a complete and utter failure as Health Minister, and recently as Social Protection Minister has been spending his time peddling fake news on the issue of welfare fraud. 

“What we are seeing here is a commitment by Varadkar to continue the Fine Gael policy of demonising Sinn Féin and our voters in an attempt to deflect from his party's abysmal record in Government.” 

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