Irish Independent
November 26, 2010

Thousands of children will be hungry and cold if the Government rolls out cost-cutting plans signed off by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it has been claimed.

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A leading children’s rights campaigner warned any cuts in social welfare payments or the minimum wage will directly affect underprivileged youngsters across the country.

Fergus Finlay, Barnardos chief executive, called on politicians not to agree to any plan that will plunge households further below the breadline.

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He said: “There are thousands of families in Ireland who live at or below the poverty line. That means there are thousands of children below the poverty line. Those children are hungry, cold and at risk of ill health because they live in damp unheated houses. I can’t think of a single good reason to make things worse for those children.”

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