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Fermanagh Sinn Fein Host Day of Opposition to Welfare Cuts

Published: 20 September, 2014

Sinn Fein councillors across the county hosted a day of action on Saturday past to highlight their opposition to the pending welfare reform bill. There were stalls in Enniskillen, Lisnaskea & Irvinestown.

Sinn Féin is opposing the Welfare Cuts in the North of Ireland because they are attacking the most vulnerable members of society.

Cllr. Debbie Coyle, speaking at Saturday's event says "I am totally opposed to the cuts, they are designed to attack the working class, the disabled & the unemployed."

Ms. Coyle went on to say she is particularly worried about the impact the proposed cuts may have on women.

"Women have already contacted me privately via text message & social media voicing their intentions to sign the petition but due to lack of transport, lack childcare or illnesses, they are house bound & therefore have asked me to bring the petition to them, which I am happy to do so for all members of the community."

MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew echoes the words of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness stating;

"No one in the north of Ireland voted for these vicious cuts. No one in the north of Ireland voted for those Tory politicians who are driving this agenda. Given the evidence of the negative affect of these cuts in Britain, this is not a theoretical debate. The effects of these Tory welfare cuts will cause serious hardship to the people we represent from all communities and we will continue to oppose them."

Over 500 signatures were collected across the county on Saturday but the party is urging people to continue to sign the petition, as it will have a massive influence on the campaign to stop the Welfare cuts, proposed by the Tory Government.