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Budget failed to tackle root and branch causes of structural inequality

12 December, 2005


Commenting on the release of figures by the Central Statistics Office which show one in five is at risk of poverty Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs Seán Crowe TD said, “It is deeply disappointing that the Government didn’t use this years budget as a chance to tackle the root and branch causes of structural inequality.”             

Deputy Crowe said, “Given that the poverty threshold we are talking about here is as low as €9,680 a year it is astonishing that 20% of the population are now on or around that threshold. When we look at the average household income of €49,000 what emerges is a massive and ever growing gap between the have’s and have not’s in Irish society.

“It is to be regretted that the Government didn’t use this years budget as a chance to tackle the root and branch causes of structural inequality preferring instead to play at all things to all people with largely cosmetic or misdirected initiatives.

“I would have to say the awarding of €1.2 billion to the third level sector, in a situation where it is accepted that socio economic background play a determining role in access to third level education in the first place, shows the lob sided nature of this Government.” ENDS

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