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Shortall calls for reintroduction of Older Person’s Housing Scheme

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Independent T.D. Róisín Shortall has called for the reintroduction of the Financial Contribution scheme for Older Persons during a debate on the housing crisis in the Dáil. Ms. Shortall pointed out that one of the key factors behind the boom in rents at the moment is a lack of supply of family homes. She said that many families, even some long-term renters, have found themselves homeless as they are simply Read More

Dáil Speech: High End Pensions Protected despite Budget Promises – Golden Circle of Government Wins Again

Dáil Speech on Finance (No. 2) Bill, 2013 – High End Pensions Protected despite Budget Promises – Golden Circle of Government Wins Again In last year’s budget speech, Minister Noonan said: “I want to clarify the Government’s policy: “Tax relief on pension contributions will only serve to subsidise pension schemes that deliver income of up to €60,000 p.a. This will take effect from 1st January 2014….” “… The Pension Levy…will Read More

Address to Older Person’s Protest October 22nd 2013

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Well done on showing up and taking a stand. It’s a pity we are not meeting in better circumstances and that you are being forced to protest against these disgraceful cuts.       Let’s get one thing clear from the start.   Older people have been playing their part in getting the country back off its knees.   Often without complaint and without protest, they put up with   Read More

Shortall Slams Housing Adaptation Cuts As “Just Plain Stupid”

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  On foot of today’s announcement that Dublin City Council are no longer in a position to fund the Housing Adaptation Grant Scheme for People with a Disability and the Housing Aid for Older Person’s Grant Scheme, Deputy Róisín Shortall has branded the Government’s decision not to provide the necessary additional funding as being “not only the very worst form of austerity, but also just plain stupid”. The Dublin North-West Read More

Double Whammy for Pensioners as Key Supports are Slashed

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**** Dublin City Council effectively ends home adaptation grant schemes **** HSE suspends Fair Deal scheme for community applicants   Pensioners living at home in unsuitable housing conditions face a double whammy of cut backs as several key supports were slashed in the past week. Dublin City Council has confirmed that it is effectively ending three key grant schemes for older persons and people with disabilities (see letter below). The Read More

Government dragging its heels on national bin waiver scheme

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In reply to a Dáil Question tabled by local T.D Róisín Shortall the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government confirms that the Government are still a long way from providing any assistance to low income households who are unable to afford to pay domestic waste charges. For many years local authorities offered a reduction in waste charges to households who qualified under their waste waiver schemes.  Some local Read More

Thousands of Pensioners face forced “Gap Year” because of Government inaction

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Today in the Dáil, I raised the issue of the pensioners who will have no other option but to sign on the dole in 2014 because the Government has failed to align the new State Pension age with the retirement age attached to their contracts of employment. The Government aims to save about €60 million in a full year following the abolition of the State Pension (Transition) next year. The Read More

Grants for Disabled and Older People Cut by 40%

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Department of Environment funding for home adaptation grants for people with disabilities and for older people have been cut by an average of 40%. Councils around the country received notification of their funding last week and details were provided to me in response to a Dáil question yesterday evening. (see details below)  The reply reveals that Leitrim suffered the worst percentage cut of a whopping 89%, followed by Laois (76%), Read More

72,000 now on Primary Care Waiting Lists while key staff still await appointment.

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New figures provided to me through a Dáil Question show that at least 72,000 people await one of the core primary care services, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, or occupational therapy. The breakdown is as follows: Speech and Language Therapy The total waiting for speech and language therapy, mostly young children, is 34,617. Of this, 15,713 are waiting on an assessment and 18,904 are waiting for treatment.  6,500 are waiting Read More