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New Social Protection Minister needs compassion and understanding – Denise Mitchell TD

14 June, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Social Protection Spokesperson Denise Mitchell TD says she hopes the incoming Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty will show more compassion and understanding when it comes to dealing with the most vulnerable members of our society than her predecessor.

Speaking this evening Deputy Mitchell said;

“The position of Social Protection Minister is an incredibly important role that involves supporting and aiding diverse groups of citizens. This includes jobseekers, lone parents, citizens with disabilities, carers, senior citizens and schoolchildren.

“Unfortunately, during his time as Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar presided over a regime which blatantly discriminated against young jobseekers for no other reason than their age, via reduced payments for younger citizens.

“His ridiculous welfare fraud campaign targeted the most vulnerable in society and appeared to be aimed at shoring-up his own support within Fine Gael rather than tackling welfare fraud in any meaningful way.

“Most recently, thousands of women who were reliant on maternity benefit payments were left waiting.

“Sinn Féin wants to see an end to the discrimination against young people in jobseekers payments, a reversal of the continued discrimination against women in the calculation of their State Pensions and the creation of a society which cares for and supports its most vulnerable.

“We will continue to fight for an Ireland of Equals in the time ahead.”


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