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Varadkar’s pledge to young people ‘not worth the paper it’s written on’ - Brady

25 May, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Leo Varadkar’s pledge to young people signed today is not worth the paper it is written on.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Brady said;

“It is completely hypocritical that Minister Varadkar has today signed a pledge committing to stand up for 'young people on the issues that matter to them', pledging to 'pursue and implement policies that benefit young people'.

“3rd level students are faced with overwhelming costs in tuition fees and Jobseekers are given less than enough to live to an adequate standard of living.

“This, and a 40% rise in under 30's being forced onto precarious hour contracts, shows that this government and Fine Gael have zero interest in committing to young people

“Minister Varadkar’s views on young Jobseekers are clear at this point. At a recent Committee meeting, Minister Varadkar said 'that when there are young people coming to Ireland from abroad taking up work with poor English and poor qualifications within weeks, we must question why young people here are not'.

“Minister Varadkar has had ample opportunity to stand up for young people in his current role in Social Protection. Yet, time and time again, he has chosen not to do so.”

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