2009 will be a difficult year. The threat of recession is already foreshadowed by increasing
unemployment and rising cost of living. For many of us, the coming belt-tightening is an
inevitable reality but one that means perhaps cutting back on non-essential luxuries and more
careful budgeting. For the one in nine children who continue to live in consistent poverty in
Ireland, the outcome will be much worse unless Budget 2009 acts to ensure that they are
protected. Families already struggling to meet the cost of food, essential medicines, fuel,
housing and education will need extra support to ensure that they can provide even the most
basic necessities for their children.
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