Sinn Fein Reiterates Call For Emergency Budget To Tackle Rising Cost Of Living

Sinn Fein has reiterated its call for an emergency budget to tackle the rising cost of living.

It comes ahead of a national protest due to take place in Cork and a number of other cities tomorrow, where it will call for immediate government action to address rising prices.

Primary school teachers and taxi drivers are among the latest groups to show their support for tomorrow’s cost of living protest in the city centre.

The Cost of Living Coalition has agreed to campaign on a number of demands including the protection of incomes, the control of energy costs and a commitment to make housing affordable.

The group say they stand in solidarity with the people that are having to choose between “heating or eating” and say there can be no profiteering from the current price increases.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told the Dáil yesterday that the government wasn’t ruling out more measures before October’s Budget.

Sinn Fein’s social protection spokesperson Claire Kerrane, who will be taking part in the demonstration, says targeted measures to help the most vulnerable need to be implemented now:

“We have a set of demands, most of which have been very much outlined in recent months as the cost of living crisis has grown. We have demands, which we will put the government. The main thing we want to achieve is action now rather than action at budget time, which typically isn’t implemented until January.”


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