Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy TD has responded to the publication of the CSO’s survey on income and living conditions.  He described it as a wake-up call for everyone involved in public life and said that addressing the issue of child poverty needs much greater political attention.

Deputy Troy commented, “The publication of this important report is a sobering antidote to the increasingly hysterical spin from the Government about economic growth and rising prosperity.  It should act as a wake-up call for everyone involved in public life: whether they be in Government parties, opposition parties, in civil service leadership positions or anywhere else.

“A political system that is presiding over increasing levels of child poverty in 2015 is a political system that needs to take a long hard look at itself.  As we slowly come out of the global financial crisis, and as resources begin to become available again, we face choices as legislators.  Watching the last budget process and reading the series of spending promises from Government sources over the last month, it is clear that tackling child poverty is not on the Government’s agenda.

“This is unacceptable.  To obsess about cutting the top rate of tax at the same time that one in eight of our children are going without food or heat is completely dysfunctional.  My hope is that this report will prompt a serious discussion about how we structure our support for those who need it, the resources available for this task and what should be our national priorities now that additional monies may be available.  My fear is that a Government now solely focused on its own survival will simply shake its head and move along.”