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Junior Minister: A Significant Increase In Social Welfare Rates Needed To Combat Poverty.

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Fianna Fail TDs are also reported to want a €10 weekly increase in the State pension.

A Junior Minister says there needs to be a significant increase in social welfare rates to combat long-term poverty.

Joe O'Brien wants to see the Government move to a top rate of €245 a week - up from the current 203.

The Minister says he'll be pushing for as large a package as possible in the budget to target those most hit by the Covid pandemic.

Minister O'Brien says ultimately, social welfare rates are too low:


Sinn Fein says they’re not too hopeful about what will be contained in the upcoming Budget.

Fianna Fail TDs are also reported to want a €10 weekly increase in the State pension.

Sinn Fein’s Louise O’Reilly says many pensioners are worried about the months ahead

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