Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

"We will not be part of any agenda that punishes the most vulnerable in our society." - Gildernew

Published: 10 March, 2015

Commenting on the revelation that the DUP have reneged on what was agreed on in the Stormont House Agreement, Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said:

"At the beginning of March it became clear that the sums agreed at Stormont House would not be enough to offer benefit claimants the degree of protection that we require to ensure the most vulnerable in our society are protected.

"We were right to stand up to the DUP and the British government for the most vulnerable in our society and we will continue standing up for them.

"We will not be part of any agenda that punishes children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long-term sick and children in large families.

"Welfare reform and the Welfare Reform Bill were vital components of the Stormont House Agreement but if the bill was to go through, there would be further, more serious consequences and we were left with no option but to oppose it." ENDS