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Social Dialogue Must Commit To Social Cohesion - Cullinane

28 June, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD has said today that talk of social cohesion is meaningless without the policies and funding to back it up.

Speaking at the National Economic Dialogue, Deputy Cullinane said:

"The most effective way the government can prepare for Brexit is to boost the productive capacity of the economy in the medium-term is to invest in the future - and this means more resources for capital spending and social infrastructure."

"This means investing in roads, ports, schools,  hospitals, houses, and transport.

"The weakness of private investment only increases the need for the public sector to step into the breach and invest.

"Given almost ten years of under-investment and unmet demographic pressures, the shockingly low level of capital investment is reckless and unsustainable."

"For tens of thousands of Irish families the reality continues to be worries over money, having a roof over their head or paying hospital bills or back-to-school costs."

"The high cost of living and struggling public services means that many families are working long hours and still cannot make ends meet."

"The cost of health, housing, child care and transport all add to the overall cost of living and are crippling ordinary people and families."

"We need to secure social cohesion and now is the time to build."

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