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Government must be forced into u-turn on Donegal Home Help hours – Doherty

6 July, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called on the people of Donegal to rally against the proposed cut of almost 30,000 home help hours for the elderly in the County. Senator Doherty raised this issue with the Minister on the floor of the Seanad in May and called on her to ensure that Donegal’s home help needs are budgeted for.

Speaking after attending a packed meeting with over 100 home care workers in Gweedore today Senator Doherty said, “Unfortunately the Minister seems intent no forcing through this cut which will see almost 30,000 home help hours go from Donegal. I raised this issue with the Minister in May when the proposed cut came to my attention.

“During a debate that I secured in the Seanad on this issue the Minister of State outlined to me that there are 2,246 hours per month or almost 27,000 per year being provided in Donegal which are not being budgeted for. This is the reason why we are seeing home help hours cut across the board in Donegal.

“These extra hours, amounting to almost 27,000 hours per year, should be incorporated into the HSE’s home help budget for County Donegal. The fact that they are currently being delivered makes it plainly obvious that they are required. The Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government must not take this vitally important service from the elderly people of Donegal.

“I am calling on the Donegal public to support our elderly and their carers this week by supporting the rally against this outrageous cutback in Balllybofey on Saturday at 2pm. We must force the Government into a u-turn on this decision to cut these services.” ENDS

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