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Doherty secures Seanad debate on Donegal Home Help hours

9 July, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty, has secured a debate in the Seanad tonight on the cuts been imposed on Home Help services in Donegal. Senator Doherty tabled a motion in the Seanad calling on the government to reverse their decision to cut in the space of a year up to 27,000 hours of home help services in county Donegal.

Speaking before the debate Senator Pearse Doherty said:

“Tonight’s debate with the minister gives the government the ideal opportunity to reverse their decision to cut supports for our elderly. Over the past few weeks I spoken to dozens of home help workers, their clients and family members of those receiving home help, all of them share one message, a message of Disgust. Disgust that our elderly are been treated in this way, Disgust that this government continue to pump billions of our money into failed bank while they rob of elderly of their dignity, Disgust that Fianna Fáil are shaping a new Ireland that none of us can be proud of.

“Tonight is the last chance of this government to do the right thing otherwise they will face the wrath of thousand of angry Donegal people who will take to the streets of Ballybofey on Saturday demanding that our elderly are protected.” ENDS

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