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Crowe applauds SVP while slammming government on poverty

28 November, 2005

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs, Sean Crowe T.D, praised the excellent work being done by the St Vincent De Paul while slamming the record of this Government on the issue of poverty. Speaking on the release of their 2004 report Deputy Crowe said:

"Without the great work being done by the SVP the crisis facing the countries poor would be even greater than it already is. They spent €33.3 million last year attempting to alleviate the suffering of those who find themselves in poverty in this so-called Celtic Tiger economy. In addition 9000 volunteers gave of their time and effort to visit more than 300,000 people. What a pity this Government does not display the same commitment to the less well off in our society.

"I salute the great work being done by SVP and echo their call for an increase in social welfare rates, the provision of 200,000 more full medical cards, free school books for every child whose family is supported on social welfare, a second child income payment for low income families and the provision of 12,000 social housing units a year.

"These are minimal demands and they come from people who have a great track record of work in this area and know what needs to be done. We should view next weeks budget as a chance to assess the credibility of the Government on the issue of eliminating structural inequality." ENDS

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