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Eamon Gilmore insists no decision taken on child benefit

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 21/02/2013 | 11:50

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Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says the Government has made no decision on implementing an overhaul of child benefit system.

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Mr Gilmore was asked specifically about the report in the Irish Independent this morning that the reform will possibly be long-fingered beyond the next general election.

Fianna Fáil social welfare spokesman Willie O'Dea said the "parents of middle Ireland can breathe easier" because Mr Gilmore was clearly indicating a delay in any decision.

Mr O'Dea said the impact of the two-tier system would be marginal in terms of addressing child poverty or incentives for work and would target middle income families.

"It is hardly worth the political trouble and social disruption," he said.

Mr Gilmore said it was an issue that needs greater discussion and it would be examined by an Oireachtas committee.

"The Government has not taken any decision in relation to the contents of the report," he said.

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