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Sinn Féin call for wide ranging engagement for provision of anti-poverty strategy

18 October, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast and party spokesperson on Poverty, Kathy Stanton has called today for urgent action to be taken to combat the growing levels of poverty across Ireland. Speaking today Ms Stanton said:

"In the week that saw the UN day for the Eradication of Poverty we see that poverty continues to increase across Ireland. Poverty affects one in four adults and one in three children in Ireland. If we continue to ignore this problem it will only manifest its severe conditions for future generations.

"What is required is real political will to combat the causes of poverty. The resources are present to eradicate poverty yet it is not the priority of the Irish or British Governments. These are not poor governments, yet the direction of their policies only exacerbates the conditions that lead to poverty.

"Each day we ignore this issue we effectively push the most vulnerable in our society including families, the elderly and children into an existence of a day to day struggle to survive and subsistence.

"We need to see an urgent redirection of current governmental objectives and a wide ranging engagement with those in society who are tackling poverty on a daily basis in order to provide and effective and coherent anti-poverty strategy." ENDS

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