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Sinn Féin won't push people with disabilities into poverty – Murphy

10 April, 2015 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy said today his party remains committed to the implementation of protections for the most vulnerable people in society.

Conor Murphy said:

“Sinn Féin has been absolutely and consistently clear in our resistance to Tory cuts, particularly those which are targeted at the most vulnerable.

“We are determined to protect children and adults with disabilities, the long-term sick and families with children against this vicious Tory assault.

“Anyone who is in any doubt about our position clearly has not been listening. So let me again be absolutely clear; Sinn Féin did not, would not and will not agree to measures, which push more children and adults with disabilities into greater poverty.

“This is a red-line issue for Sinn Fein.

“Other parties might be prepared to join with the Tories in implementing this Thatcherite attack on the most vulnerable as part of a self-serving, post-election deal with a Tory party committed to further austerity, further cuts and further erosion of our core public services. That is for them to explain.

“For our part and despite the enormous difficulties, Sinn Féin has sought to find a way forward over recent weeks.

“We have had our full negotiating team available to do so. Any delay in reaching a resolution does not lie with Sinn Féin.

“We remain committed to finding a way forward which protects the most vulnerable in our society. It is hard to see how anyone could disagree with this approach.” 

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