THE son of former finance minister Brian Lenihan was among a group of students protesting outside the Dail today about Budget cuts to the young.
Tom Lenihan, who is president of the Trinity College students' union, said cuts to the dole for the people under 26 were only encouraging people to leave the country.
The protest, which drew a crowd of around 50, was organised by the ‘We’re Not Leaving’ campaign, which includes organisations like the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).
Mr Lenihan said: “Simply put, a lot of young people who are faced with this cuts and thinking I either have to leave this country or work for absolutely nothing. The reason we’re here is to show the Government we’re not an easy target.”
He also responded to Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's comments that young people should not be in front of flatscreen TVs by saying: "I don't own a flatscreen TV and I don't know anyone my age who could afford one."
Joe O’Connor from the USI called the dole cuts “a completely unfair measure and we’re calling for it to be reversed”.
He said the social welfare Bill – which will give effect to the cuts – should pass through the Dail but called on senators to delay the legislation.
“I would be calling on our senators, who have a new lease of life in the last number of weeks, to look at this as being a complete breach of civil rights,” Mr O’Connor said.