Features, National, Social Welfare

 

Minister Vardakar’s right wing posturing is an insult to working class communities. Hiding behind his false beard claims, it’s not hard to see exactly what he’s about.

The recent high profile advertisement campaign, “Welfare cheats cheat us all” launched by the misnamed Department of Social Protection and their chief of deception, Leo Varadkar, is more than empty posturing by the Tory wannabe; it is a deliberate attempt to negatively portray those members of our society who claim their entitlements to social welfare.

Every taxpayer (and everyone pays tax throughout their lifetime in various ways) contributes to a central fund to provide financial support on occasions when we need it throughout our lives. Children’s allowance, old age pensions, sick pay, disability payments, unemployment benefit and housing benefit all come from a central fund we all contribute to.

Welfare is essentially a progressive policy of a caring society, we call it welfare because most of us are concerned with the welfare of our fellow beings, and we should protect it from this blatant attempt to undermine it. Make no mistake this ‘campaign’ is a precursor and indeed an excuse to justify more neo liberal and draconian cuts to the welfare system.
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Dáil Debates, Health

Dáil Debates, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Topical Questions, Women's Rights

Dáil Issues, Health, Oral Questions

To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide the detail of the information held by his department after November 2009 regarding the safety profile of the pandemrix vaccine compared to other vaccines for swine flu; and if his department was briefed by the Irish Medicines Board as to the heightened risk of serious adverse drug reactions associated with the drug.

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