Crushing cost of living is crippling working families – Brady & Quinlivan
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the lack of progress towards a living wage has only allowed the gulf of economic inequality in Ireland to rise as working families are priced out of the housing market and crushed under a constantly rising cost of living crisis.
Party spokesperson for Jobs Maurice Quinlivan TD continued to say that the economic recovery has been fundamentally disproportionate and built on the backs of patients lying on trolleys and children sleeping in hotel rooms.
Teachta Brady said:
“One million households are facing higher energy costs from this week. This will set families back €50 a year. This follows on from a €100 increase last year. Ireland is currently locked in a cost of living crisis.
“The government seeks to impose a fourfold increase in carbon tax on working families while allowing big industry polluters off the hook. Increasing taxes does not help low and middle income families to change to modern fuel efficient cars or to upgrade their homes. It just makes it harder for them to meet their bills.
“Rents are out of control, with costs rising another 7% last year. Fine Gael’s market-led approach is doing nothing but making the cost of living in Dublin completely unaffordable and is having a detrimental impact of people’s ability to live, study, work, save for a house, or even start a family in some cases.”
Teachta Quinlivan said:
“The Government take every opportunity to tell us that the economy has recovered but that recovery has been built on thousands lying on hospital trolleys every month, on thousands of children sleeping in hotel rooms instead of their own beds every night.
“An unjust and unequal economic recovery harms society as a whole. The direction of travel must be adjusted by ensuring that fair wages and an affordable cost of living are the primary aims of our government. Anything else is merely a continuation of the shortsighted and classist approach that has led us down a path of misery for people who are trying to keep a roof over their children’s heads.
“Too many of our families are just one bad day, a breakdown of the car or a child getting sick, away from money lenders or failing to make the rent. That is not the Ireland we should be building.”