Sinn Féin to Protest During Minister’s Visit to Cork
Cork Sinn Féin is to hold a protest tonight at the Commons Inn Hotel, where Minister for Social Protection Eamon O Cuiv will be addressing a meeting on the government’s social welfare policy.
Local councillor Thomas Gould said:
“Sinn Féin has been calling on this government to produce a comprehensive jobs strategy for the last two years. Instead, the government’s only response to the unemployment crisis has been to target the unemployed.
“First we had cutbacks in jobseekers allowance at the last budget. Then we had the Minister’s proposal to establish what is basically a workfare programme for the unemployed. Now we have further cuts in the social welfare budget being flagged for December.”
“All this is against a backdrop where the government can afford to put €50 billion into the country’s zombie banks.”
“The government’s strategy of bank bailouts and budget cutbacks has failed. All it has done is create more misery and push the country deeper into recession. It is time Fianna Fail were out of office and a new government, with a real strategy to create jobs and grow the economy, was put in place.”
The protest will take place from 7.30pm tonight outside the Commons Inn Hotel. For further information contact Cllr Thomas Gould @ 087-3021551