Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has criticised the Taoiseach for failing to commit to providing an additional fuel allowance payment despite very cold weather on the way.
Speaking following the Taoiseach’s comments in the Dáil this afternoon, Teachta Brady said:
“It is bitterly disappointing to hear the Taoiseach re-announce last year’s Budget measures as some type of solution to ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are kept warm in their homes this week.
“As part of Budget 2018, an additional week was added to the fuel allowance payment duration; this however, is irrelevant when it comes to taking action to protect households this week.
“Today the Taoiseach ignored calls from across the Dáil to make an additional fuel payment in order to assist the most vulnerable. He has however agreed to examine the possibility of bringing forward the final week’s payment early, and in essence, taking away the additional week as announced last year.
“It is absolutely disgraceful that the Taoiseach offers nothing but empty words to the most vulnerable citizens in this State who are being left to decide if they can afford to keep the heating on in order to stay warm for the remainder of the cold weather.
“This is a very disappointing decision by the Government and it shows a real disregard for the most vulnerable in society during their time of need.”