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Despicable cuts affecting elderly should be reversed – McDonald

21 October, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said budget cuts affecting older people and people with disabilities should be reversed.

Deputy McDonald was speaking ahead of a protest due to take place by older people at Leinster House tomorrow.

She said;

“This government has followed the example of Fianna Fáil and attacked the elderly as part of its deficit reduction strategy. And, just like Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour will see that our older people do not take attack lying down.

“The cut to discretionary medical cards, the telephone allowance and the increase in prescription charges are just some of the despicable measures announced in last week’s budget that will have a devastating impact on the sick, the old and people with disabilities.

“Sinn Féin had set out a fair alternative that ask more of those who could afford to pay more. It is clear that the government wasn’t interested in alternatives.

“My party will be supporting the older citizens at their protest tomorrow. These cuts are wrong, unnecessary and brutal. They should be reversed.”


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