Council support sought for welfare cuts ‘Day of Action’

September 15, 2014

At tonight’s (Monday) meeting of Newry and Mourne District Council (NMDC), Sinn Fein councillors are to put forward a motion seeking council support for a planned ‘Day of Action’ in opposition to the imposition of government welfare cuts, The Examiner has learned.

The party has organized a series of public protests to take place this Saturday 20th September in towns across the north.

Calling on the Council to support the Newry ‘Day of Action’, the party’s group leader on NMDC, Councillor Mickey Ruane, says such a move would send out “a strong message” that the British government’s proposed cuts in welfare is unacceptable to the people of the district.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, he said: “If this motion is passed by our Council, it will send out a strong message that the welfare cuts being imposed by David Cameron’s millionaire cabinet, and which have been branded by civic society in Britain, the churches, charities, trade unions and people at the coalface of delivering frontline services, a disgrace and an attack on the poor, are unacceptable to the people of Newry and Mourne.”

Announcing that the planned ‘Day of Action’ protests will take place on Saturday, Mickey Brady MLA called on local people to unite against the government’s welfare reform policy.

“There is a growing realisation that Tory-led welfare cuts would have a devastating impact on all communities here.  This cuts agenda, drawn up by a cabinet of millionaires in London, will hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.  This is not about reform; it is an attack on the poor and an attempt to dismantle the welfare state,” he said.

Outlining his party’s position, he added, “Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the introduction of these cuts. We have already launched a petition to give people the opportunity to voice their opposition to these drastic cuts.  We will now be holding a Day of Action in cities, towns and villages across the North to allow communities to send a clear message to their political representatives that these cuts are unacceptable. I’m urging as many people as possible to come along and support the Day of Action in your local area to stop Tory cuts.”