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Ó Snodaigh to propose Groundhog Day Clause for Social Welfare Bill

28 June, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh will today argue for a ‘Groundhog Day Clause’ to be inserted into the Social Welfare Bill which would trigger the automatic repeal of the Bill at the end of the year if the government have failed to put certain things in place.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh will put his amendment forward at committee stage today.

Speaking ahead of the meeting he said:

“Minister Ó Cuív denies this Bill is about cuts. He has claimed that supports will follow the enactment of the legislation but he's been incredibly vague on detail. I am proposing the government should be legally obliged to follow through on their promises otherwise, on the basis of their track record, they will in all likelihood be broken.

“That is why I am suggesting that a ‘Groundhog Day Clause’ be inserted into the Bill which would trigger the automatic repeal of the Bill at the end of the year if the Government has failed to put in place supports and services for those on social welfare and fails to create a sufficient amount of jobs.

“If the Government is genuine about its promises for supports after the Bill is enacted then they should have nothing to fear from my amendment” ENDS

Editor’s note:

The Oireachtas Committee on Social and Family Affairs will meet at 3pm today. Among the measures proposed in Deputy Ó Snodiagh’s amendment are:

(a) a youth jobs fund to create 20,000 new jobs for persons under 25,
(b) an individual plan for the long term prospects of every person under 25 who is on the live register,
(c) 2,000 places on a ‘One More Language Scheme’ to give the young unemployed a chance to learn an extra foreign language,
(d) 5000 free ECDL advanced places,
(e) 10,000 new CE places,
(f) 1,000 places on conversion courses at third level to help graduates convert their skills to potential growth sectors,
(g) a review evaluating the usefulness of FÁS training courses resulting in the elimination of those found to be of little value,
(h) measures to treble the number of under 25’s who are self employed including a national entrepreneurship programme, access to credit and greater support for high potential start ups,
(i) a publicly owned green tech firm for Ireland and a major drive to attract FDI in renewable energy,
(j) measures to make Ireland a digital media leader through support for skills, infrastructure and entrepreneurship,
(k) ‘National Development Scheme’ to employ people directly on public works projects employing 2,000 workers, and
(l) universally accessible child care and after school supervision options.

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