Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Wexford Cllr. Michael Sheehan says new figures which reveal the amount of money spent by the government on food aid is clear evidence that the economic recovery under Fine Gael has not reached everyone.

Figures released to Fianna Fáil show that €5.2 million has been spent on food aid so far this year.

Cllr. Sheehan explained, “These figures, while shocking, are not surprising. I have been working with the foodbank and Foodcloud here in Wexford for almost seven years and am well aware of the struggles that families across this county are facing.

“The fact that families have to rely on foodbanks in this day and age says it all. Fine Gael has presided over huge overspends on the National Children’s Hospital and the National Broadband Plan, and yet there is never enough money in the pot to ensure that families have a decent standard of living.

“The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) provides food and basic consumer products to people most at risk; things like food parcels or as meals prepared by charitable organisations. The fact that we need to draw down this level of funding highlights in very stark terms the fact that after nine years of Fine Gael in government, not all sections of society are sharing in the economic prosperity and have to rely on assistance for such a basic necessity as food.

“Unfortunately poverty and deprivation remain significant issues, and this latest information further underlines that the two-tier recovery has created a very real divide in our society”.