Thursday, 14 April 2011
Pearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
Déanaim comhghairdeas leis an Aire. I am glad to see someone coming here from the Seanad and going straight into the Cabinet. Obviously, some people who are working are also living in poverty. We all share the views of the Government that we should stop people living in poverty through the creation of meaningful and well paid full-time jobs. However, there is another element in that cuts also hurt. How many currently categorised as living in poverty have been brought into the tax net as a result of the introduction of the universal social charge, a charge of which the Government voted in favour in the House just over 14 days ago?