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Would the Minister go to bed hungry? - Doolan

18 October, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on Economic Development & Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, today called on the government, "to introduce a budget that ends child poverty in this state. The Minister for Finance does not go to bed hungry so why should he expect 1,000's of children to do so?"

Speaking at the End Child Poverty Coalition pre budget launch today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I am delighted to support today's event, it puts in stark focus the challenge for this government, to end child poverty or to simply ignore it and let the situation deteriorate. Consecutive government have, unfortunately, chosen to be politically expedient and ignore the plight of 1 in 7 children that live in poverty in our state. The very same government minister will offer self-congratulations and bouquets while families struggle to pay rent and put food on the table.

This crime against children is made even more unacceptable by the fact that we live in the one of the richest countries in the world, our economy continues to be the envy of many nations yet our children suffer in silence.

"Today's launch proves we have the money, we have the ability to end child poverty, the only part missing in the equation is the government's lack of political will.

Sinn Fein has committed itself to supporting this Coalition and it's aims, we will continue to work with those whose aim is to build a more inclusive society where child poverty truly is history."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, said, "the Minister now has a golden opportunity to end child poverty, if he does not commit himself to this in the forthcoming budget then he should resign and let someone who is committed take over." ENDS

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