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Leinster House Creating Further Class Fractured Society

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Communist Party of Ireland protesting the harsh austerity measures being imposed on the people of Ireland (photo courtesy of Communist Party of Ireland).

Communist Party of Ireland protesting the harsh austerity measures being imposed on the people of Ireland (photo courtesy of Communist Party of Ireland).

Over at Republican.ie I pointed out:

Just another reminder on how the British-created 26-county government in southern Ireland is helping to widen the gap between rich and poor even further.

From the Irish Times:

Government policies are creating a fractured society, a weak economy and persistently high unemployment, according to Social Justice Ireland in its annual socio-economic review.

The 360-page document, to be published today, warns that Ireland has seen the single biggest transfer of resources in its history from low and middle-income people to the rich and powerful.

The Government is accused of “substantial and sustained failure” in its adult literacy target “to have ‘only’ 301,960 adults with restricted literacy by 2016”. The report also insists the State should spend the OECD average of 0.5 per cent of GDP on early childhood education rather than its current 0.1 per cent.

The document also highlights that 731,000 people or 16 per cent of the population live in poverty.

On unemployment, the report says 193,000 people have been unemployed for more than a year, representing the highest level ever. It calls for a part-time jobs opportunities programme to be introduced to enable the unemployed to maintain skills.

You can find Social Justice Ireland’s report here in pdf format.

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