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Hands Off Our Children’s Allowance Protest, Ballyfermot

01/10/12

Louise Minihanéirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan has announced that the socialist republican party plans to hold a ‘Hands Off Our Children’s Allowance’ protest at the Base Centre in Ballyfermot on Friday 5th October, at 10.30am.

The protest, organised by éirígí Ballyfermot, has been planned to coincide with a visit to the Base Youth Centre by Twenty-Six County Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Fine Gael Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. The protest will give people from the local community the perfect opportunity to voice their anger at Government cutbacks and the vicious attacks on our social welfare and Children's Allowance payments.

Speaking from Ballyfermot Councillor Louise Minihan said, “éirígí Ballyfermot has organised a ‘Hands Off Our Children’s Allowance’ protest this Friday at 10.30am. The protest has been called in response to recent suggestions that the Dublin Government may slash Children’s Allowance in the upcoming budget.

“Cuts to Children’s Allowance and other social welfare payments will hit the most vulnerable in our society hardest. On the same day that the possibility of cuts to the Children’s Allowance was widely reported in the media, the Dublin government handed a further 1 billion euro to AIB. That the government would target payments that many families rely on to survive, while continuing to bailout the bankers, is absolutely sickening.”

Minihan continued, “Our protest on Friday has been timed to coincide with a visit to Ballyfermot by Ministers Eamon Gilmore and Frances Fitzgerald. We intend to send them a very clear message that while the government continue to inflict savage attacks on our communities, their Ministers are not welcome here.

“The protest is a great opportunity for the local community to come onto the streets and show their anger. I would urge all those concerned about cutbacks to our social welfare and Children’s Allowance payments and all those angry about the savage attacks inflicted on our community, to come along to the protest and let your voice be heard.”

 

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