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POOR children in a prosperous city are forced to scavenge for food in bins, a leading charity claimed last night.

St Vincent de Paul (SVP) said two five-year-olds were spotted rooting through a bin on Kilkenny’s High Street by a local social worker in recent days.

Liam Heffernan, president of Kilkenny SVP told the ‘Kilkenny People’: “I also saw an adult searching through a bin recently for food. I have never seen conditions so bad. People are going hungry and are in desperate need of fuel and there is a real chance that there could be an awful tragedy if people don’t act.”

In its analysis of the Budget, meanwhile, Social Justice Ireland (SJI) said the cuts would cost low-income families between €2,000 and €3,500 a year.

SJI director Fr Sean Healy said: “The choices made will rob the the poor to protect people and institutions who caused many of Ireland’s problems.”

A family with three children and one adult earning €30,000 will be €1,956 worse off due to tax increases, the new universal social charge, cuts of €540 a year in child benefit and wage cuts, according to SJI figures.

Where both parents are working for €30,000 a year between them, disposable income would fall by €3,506.

Fr Healy said this would be mainly because wages linked to the national minimum wage are also set to fall by the same amount (€1 per hour), resulting in losses of €2,000 to €3,000 a year for low earners.

But the Department of Finance last night claimed it was not fair to assume that all lower wages would immediately come down once the minimum wage was reduced.

“The impact of lowering the minimum wage will be more on new jobs that will be created,” a spokesman told the Irish Independent.

However, Fr Healy said the clear purpose of reducing the minimum wage was to put downward pressure on the wages of all low-paid workers.

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3 Responses to " Children scavenge bins for food as low-income families lose €3,500 "

  1. Arrow town 2011 says:

    perhaps Ireland should get rid of all income and capital gains tax and have only one tax.That tax would the fair tax that Neil Boortz talks about on his radio talk in Atlanta.He has co-authored a book by that name. :)

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  2. Arrow town 2011 says:

    Those four boys in that photo look like impoverished white boys.I think that they have been betrayed be their white guilt genocidal political elites,because in some upscale neighborhoods there are Afghanistan Muslim families living in houses worth over one million pounds and they never go hungry because of welfare money.

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  3. robert says:

    about the children going through dumpsters ,i am having a problem with my grandson whom is 9 years old,and yes i’m on disability, and foodstamps and my wife is getting unemployment ,because there is no jobs,here in az, my grandson has gone into the dumpsters alot of times diging for things like toys, food that is still wraped in the original wrapers, candy thats still in the wrappers,etc. i have told him people throw them out when the food is expired, they thow in pesticides and the wrappers can not prevent the poisons from entering i told him drug users throw away crack pipes needles they dont and are not responsible enough or in the right frame of mind to put them in a locking container to keep people from getting stuck or cut and he can get a disease from the items, i have talked to him till i get angry i have asked the school for help, i have done every thing possible trying to raise him right he wont listen he tells me he will do what he wants when he wants, yes i dont buy candy and extra stuff that i can not afford i fear that he might become dibetic like i am ,i just dont know what to do any more i have taken his privleges away, his bike , his tv, stood him at the wall, he even had cps called on me, and my wife, next step i guess is to put him in julvenile detention

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