INDEPENDENT General Election candidate Eddie Fitzpatrick has criticised the fact that self-employed people who find themselves out of work dont get any support from the social welfare system.
Cllr Fitzpatrick said this particular sector paid their TAX and PRSI contributions to the state over the years and now the state will not recognise the contribution these people made to the economy during the Celtic tiger years and they now “find themselves high and dry.”
Cllr Fitzpatrick said he is very dissatisfied with the current system and feels that this sector should be treated the same as all unemployed people. If elected he will work to ensure that this “unfair system” is reformed so that these people will be able to participate in local FAS or community schemes.
Meanwhile Cllr Fitzpatrick is criticising the “hypocrisy coming from the main political parties who are fighting over TDs pay and expenses” and goes on to state that the politicians need to lead by example and reduce there own salaries back in line with the cuts being imposed on the ordinary person.
Cllr Fitzpatrick said if elected he would work for a much lower salary than is presently being paid to the elected representatives of Laois/ Offaly. He points out that one TD currently seeking re-election refused to take a voluntary cut in 2008. “This whole system is badly in need of reform,” he said adding that he does not believe this type of reform will be made by the current group of politicians, “and this is why we need to see new faces in Dail Eireann after February 25.”