Saturday, November 12, 2022

Kenneth Fox

Nationwide protests against the rising cost-of-living crisis will take place today.

It is being organised by the cost-of-living coalition.

They say action is required to protect households from the impact of rising interest rates.

Speaking to Newstalk, Social protection spokesperson for Sinn Féin, Claire Kerrane, says workers and families are under huge pressure.

“When we come into the winter period, particularly around energy bills they are going to increase. We know the winter period is going to be very difficult for many families.

“Listen any sort of income increase from Government is always welcomed but when it comes to the double payment, a lot of people already spent the money on bills before the payment was received.”

The Cost of living coalition is made up of opposition parties such as Sinn Féin and People Before Profit, trade unions, civil society groups, students and many more local community activists.

Ms Kerrane said the main point of this weekend’s protests is to send a strong message to Government that what they have announced in relation to the budget is “not enough and not going to be enough.”

“We know that the supports that are needed are not there also” she said.

The news comes as last week the Central Statistics Office (CSO) announced prices in Ireland increased by 9.2 per cent in annual terms in October, a new blow for households grappling with a cost-of-living crisis.

It follows an annual increase of 8.2 per cent in the consumer price index in September, according to the CSO.

Prices have been rising steadily since April last year, triggering the worst cost-of-living squeeze in decades, with consumer price inflation topping 5 per cent for 13 months in a row.

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