Welfare Wednesday Promotion “irresponsible” – Noone

Fine Gael Press Office

Senator Catherine Noone

Dublin

Thursday, 5th January 2015

Discounted spirits aimed at social welfare recipients “irresponsible” – Noone

Fine Gael Dublin West Senator Catherine Noone has today (Monday) condemned the recent “Welfare Wednesday” promotion which is being run by a pub on the Northside of Dublin.

“The pub, which uses the Department of Social Protection logo in posters advertising “Welfare Wednesday”, invites recipients of Social Welfare to take part in subsidised spirits, with whiskey and vodka shots costing €3 each.

“While I’m not against Social Welfare recipients receiving discounts, I am against the promotion of irresponsible drinking and irresponsible prices. It seems to me that Welfare Wednesday is an invitation for people to spend their Social Welfare on alcohol when they receive it.

“I would be deeply concerned at people being encouraged to spend irresponsibly on the day they receive their welfare and I would call on this venue to reconsider the promotion immediately.”

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