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Sinn Féin supports No Child 2020 Child Poverty Campaign - John Brady TD

20 June, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed the No Child 2020 Child Poverty campaign being spearheaded by the Children’s Rights Alliance.

Speaking following engagement with the Children’s Rights Alliance, Teachta Brady said:

“One in ten children live in consistent poverty in Ireland today – a shameful statistic.

“I welcome the conversation started by the Children’s Rights Alliance who have brought forward the solutions as to how we tackle child poverty.

“It is based on the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil from January 1919 which made it the Governments’ first duty to make provision for the 'physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter',an aim we are yet to achieve, one hundred years later.

“The five asks of the No Child 2020 campaign should already be guaranteed, they are the basics for any citizen – food, shelter, health, education, and participation in society.

“Yet when we look at Government action on tackling child poverty we need look no further than the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion which was supposed to be published in 2018, however we are still waiting. This shows the lack of urgency by Government on this.

“Earlier this year Sinn Féin brought forward a Bill which would see the establishment of a Commission to ensure that the most vulnerable households relying on social welfare supports receive an adequate income to protect them from poverty, depending on their household need. 

"This Bill also includes a provision that would mean all Government policy is poverty proofed before its introduction.

“These are the types of measures we need to see brought forward to make a real difference in eradicating poverty for good.”

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