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Michael Noonan’s attack on the most vulnerable in society 'outrageous' - Reilly

7 May, 2015

Sinn Fein Senator Kathryn Reilly has this morning blasted Michael Noonan for his completely derogatory comments that there are people in Ireland who ‘are allergic to work’.

Senator Reilly said:

“It is absolutely outrageous that Michael Noonan holds the belief that there are currently people in Ireland who don’t want to work, or as he puts it, who are ‘allergic to work’.” 

“However, this  belief is typical of this government’s attitude to the Irish people. Fine Gael and Labour have shown time and time again utter contempt for those on low incomes, those people who have been hit hardest by the recession and those from marginalised backgrounds.” 

“Mr. Noonan’s comments once more reflect the disdain this Government have towards the less well-off and their ill-disguised desire to ensure these people are not assisted into the labour market.”

“The reality is that those who are furthest from the labour market are not allergic to work- they are not given the sufficient time and resources to aid their transition into the workforce. Many cannot go straight into a job- they may need basic skills training or other types of assistance. They need personal and individual needs assessments that can take stock of where their strengths and weaknesses lie, they need assistance helping them to achieve these skills, and ultimately this will lead to employability.”

“Mr. Noonan’s comments will not serve to help the economy, job creation, or getting people back to work. They highlight the rampant discrimination inherent in the Government and reveal the bias that exists. The horrifying thing is that these views are ingrained by the members of this government; they have form in this area.”

“First it was Eamon Gilmore, he took aim at young unemployed citizens, claiming that cutting welfare payments for young people was to stop them sitting in front of flatscreen TVs. Then it was Michael Noonan’s turn, he took swipe at our emigrants, saying they were leaving Ireland as a lifestyle choice.”

“The leader of his party tried to go one better, Enda Kenny gave anecdotal evidence of a man in Mayo who could afford two pints but not to pay for water charges. And yet again we have Michael Noonan taking aim at the most vulnerable in society saying that they are allergic to work.”

“The mask has well and truly slipped off Mr Noonan. Perhaps it is you who should get off the stage.”

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