SPEECH BY JOAN BURTON T.D.
Leader of the Labour Party
Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection
Tuesday 30 June 2015
Ceann Comhairle, I move the counter motion.
I welcome the debate generated by the changes to the One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) scheme.
They are critically important because, over time, they will help greatly reduce poverty amongst single-parent families.
The easiest thing in politics is to do nothing, to shirk reforms that will be positive in the long-term because they are unpopular in the short-term.
It would be the easiest thing in the world to call a halt to the OFP reforms – as Sinn Fein would do – for short-term political gain.
But Sinn Fein’s answer – a welfare economy – is not a sustainable answer.
Then again, Sinn Fein never does produce serious answers. (more…)