Government voting confidence in itself as it pushes people further into poverty – Ó Snodaigh
Speaking today after the release of the Quarterly National Household Survey for the First quarter of 2010 showed that a further 7,600 people have become unemployed since the end of last year Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the Government will this week vote confidence in itself while pushing through a Social Welfare Bill that pushes families further into poverty.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“The house today should not just be facilitating a motion of confidence on the Taoiseach, but every member of the Government should be held to account for the economic mismanagement that has seen unemployment leap to 12.9%.
“The increase of 7,600 people in unemployment since the fourth quarter of 2009 is a harrowing account of how Government pre-occupation with the banking sector and recapitalising zombie banks is stunting Ireland’s economic growth.
“This week, along with voting confidence in its leader, this Government will force through a Social Welfare Bill that will push people further into poverty all the while it seems completely oblivious to the fact that it has no strategy to create jobs and get people off the dole. How could anybody have confidence in such a Government.
“The citizens of this State have no confidence in this Government and today’s unemployment figures are a reflection that the Government should have no confidence in themselves or their economic policies.
“I challenge the back benchers of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party Deputies and the Government Independents to depart from the Government whip and vote against the Government’s motion of confidence. Then we can turf out this Government and its draconian Social Welfare Bill.” ENDS