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Liz McManus leaving the stage

As an Independent observer of the Wicklow TD, s Dail performance I must on the bases of the data I have before me conclude that Labour Party Wicklow TD Liz McManus is in fact the hardest working TD, of them all and this can be verified by looking at her performance is the Dail
Her efforts on behalf of other people and her staunch support of small groupings of people on the margins of Irish society all stand on the record
Mrs. McManus has informed the labour party of her intention not to go forward as a candidate in the next election and so will no longer be a TD after the next general election
I only hope we are lucky enough to get someone of the same conviction to serve their local community as she has done, but this time without having to serve a corrupt political system that inhibits ones best efforts on behalf of ones constituents

Closure of libraries in two schools in Co. Wicklow

 

Labour TD Liz McManus,

has warned of the serious affects that the closure of libraries in two schools in Co. Wicklow may have.

The two schools that are under threat of having their libraries closed down by the Government are St. Kilian’s Community College in Bray and the Abbey Community College in Wicklow Town.

“I am deeply shocked at the news that the libraries in these two schools

will have to close because of the moratorium on recruiting librarians”,

said Deputy Liz McManus. “The Demonstration Library Projects were set up

in 22 schools around the country to ensure that young people are able to

read and to encourage a love of reading. They provide students with a

welcoming and safe environment where they can read, do homework, or prepare

for exams.

“An estimated €9m was spent on building and stocking these libraries and I

understand that €1m would keep the service going. This is a modest amount

of money for a significant return. These libraries operate in schools that

are located in disadvantaged areas and are specifically aimed at students

who are the most likely to leave school without formal education.

“The school library service has been tried and trust and has delivered for

many young people. Now it is being destroyed by this Fianna Fail

Government who are hell bent in creating economic havoc. They expect us to

shore up the banks while at the same time they are undermining the

potential of our young students attending 2nd-level schools.

“I am calling on Dick Roche as the only Government Minister in Co. Wicklow

to condemn this measure. It is quite clear that where there is strong

opposition in Fianna Fail that they are able to alter Government policy.

While Fianna Fail Deputies are arguing about stag hunting, there isn’t a

whimper about the loss of library services. It is time to stand up and be

counted. Pulling the plug at this stage is tantamount to educational

vandalism”, concluded Deputy McManus.

… ends …

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Liz Mc Manus on cuts in the Old Age Pension

Labour TD Liz McManus has expressed her grave concern that the Minister for

Social Protection is considering making cuts in the Old Age Pension at

Budget time.

“The Minister’s suggestion that the State Pension could be cut in the next

Budget is very worrying”, said Deputy Liz McManus. “Minister O Cuív has

said he cannot rule out a cut to the State pension because other people

also have a valid claim on the Social Protection budget.

“I am very concerned about this issue because unlike any other social

welfare claimant, a pensioner has virtually no chance of supplementing

their income. They cannot enter training, back-to-work or Community

Employment schemes and the vast majority cannot pick up part-time work.

“By the time the Budget is produced in December, inflation will be on the

rise putting pensioners under extra pressure in 2011. For many older

people reliant on the State Pension a cut would have serious consequences

and could push some into poverty.

“It should also be remembered that pensioners have been hit by prescription

charges, the carbon tax and a 2% cut in their pensions already. If the

Minister is that concerned about his budget he should be pushing Brian

Lenihan to rake in some money by halting tax breaks for the filthy rich.

“Old Age Pensioners are already feeling intimidated as they are receiving

forms from the Department of Social Protection requesting details about any

change in their circumstances. While I am totally in agreement in cutting

down on fraud, these letters are causing unnecessary alarm for elderly

people.

“Minister Lenihan says he must find €3 billion in the next Budget but he

doesn’t have to cut any welfare payments to do it”,

concluded Deputy McManus..

Comment

No Lenihan and Co can find all the billions they like for the banks and by doing so he wants to rob the Old Age Pensioners

This of course is a kite and the crooks in government are testing the waters ,the next kite will be a rumours amount say 30 Euros less for the pension and then closer to the budget they will take maybe 15 Euros and everybody will take a sigh of relief and think they got off lightly

These Gangsters must be dragged and kicking and screaming out of Lenster House

so show up next Tuesday outside the Dail and show them we mean business!

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