A former local and general election candidate is calling on the government to raise the minimum wage.
She says the current planned raise is not enough to help families in the northwest this winter.
The currently minimum wage is €10.50 an hour and it’s understood the government plan to raise minimum wage to €11.30 an hour an increase of 80c.
Local representative from the Labour Party in the North West Nessa Cosgrove says this raise is not enough, and that it will leave people worse off due to the latest energy price increases announced in recent weeks and that there is a real prospect of inflation breaching 10% this winter.
Speaking to Ocean FM News Ms Cosgrove says the Tánaiste and government are now engaging in an exercise of optics and news management ahead of this month’s Budget and are not helping those facing a difficult winter.