West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Stop Tory Cuts Day of Action in Omagh

Published: 23 September, 2014

Sinn Féin were out on the streets of Omagh on Saturday for the local launch of the party's campaign against Tory welfare cuts delivering thousands of leaflets and gathering over 500 signatures for a petition. It coincided with over 40 other similar actions taking place across the north.

Speaking at the day of action Declan McAleer MLA said;

"We are objecting to Tory cuts because they take money directly out of the pockets of those least able to afford them.

"Many people I spoke to were shocked at the scale of the proposals and the impact they could have on our town and district. According to a study carried out by Sheffield Hallam University for NICVA, Omagh would be one of the hardest hit districts on these islands.

"The bill for Omagh would be £23million per year, taken from the most vulnerable people in our community. £8m per year would be slashed from incapacity benefits, £4m from Tax Credits, £4m from DLA, £2m from Child Benefits and a further £2m from Housing Benefits.

Cllr Marty McColgan said,

"It doesn't have to be like that; there is an alternative. Sinn Féin will stand up and fight back for the most disadvantaged in our society; the poor, the unemployed, those on low income, families struggling to make ends meet and people with disabilities.

"Tory cuts would impact on all communities here. That is why a united front is needed.

"Many groups in society have already got together to voice their opposition to this punishment of the poor.

"All political parties here need to do the same and join us in protecting our communities by opposing this attack on the most vulnerable in our society."