UCC Labour to hold ‘charity collection’ for UCC President Michael Murphy

The UCC branch of the Labour Party will, this Wednesday 28 November, hold a ‘charity collection’ for UCC President Michael Murphy who has said that he is struggling on his salary of €232,000 per annum.

The gap between the richest and the poorest in Ireland increased by 25% in 2010 alone, according to the Equality Budgeting Campaign*.  Inspired by the Equality Budgeting Campaign, UCC Labour will be highlighting income inequality in Ireland and the need for equality budgeting by holding a ‘charity collection’ for UCC President Michael Murphy. This will take place from 12.30pm outside the Boole lecture theatres on UCC.

Speaking in advance of the campaign Luke Crowley-Holland, Chair of UCC Labour, said: “We are calling on the government to implement a progressive budget that promotes the concept of equality. It is over-paid people like UCC President Michael Murphy who should be targeted in Budget 2013; not students who rely on grants to get through college.”

“Any money raised from the ‘charity collection’ will be donated to UCCSU’s Student Hardship Fund, but our primary aim is to raise awareness of and support for equality budgeting,” explained Crowley-Holland.

The collection takes place ahead of UCC Labour’s hosting of a panel discussion on equality budgeting on Thursday 29 November, in conjunction with UCC’s Politics Society, full details of which are available here.  All are welcome.

 

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*(www.equalitybudgeting.ie

For more information, contact Luke Crowley-Holland: labour@uccsocieties.ie