Limerick Council backs Sinn Féin’s call for restoration of the respite care grant - Cllr Seamus Browne
Sinn Féin Limerick Councillor Seamus Browne has welcomed the support of Limerick City and County Council for his motion which called for the restoration of the respite care grant in the next budget. The motion was passed unanimously at a meeting of the local authority this morning.
Following the meeting Cllr Seamus Browne, who is the Sinn Féin general election candidate for County Limerick, said;
"This vote sends a strong message to the Fine Gael and Labour Party government that the full restoration of the respite care grant must be a priority. There is much talk about the possibility of tax reductions for high earners in the forthcoming budget. However, Sinn Féin believes that the focus should be on protecting the vulnerable and restoring & improving public services.
"In budget 2013, a cut of over €300 was made to the respite care grant. For many providing full-time care for a family member, this grant is the only support that they receive from the state. It is used by carers to pay for respite in order to give themselves a break from their caring role.
“Carers are the unsung heroes of our communities across Limerick. They provide care for their loved ones around the clock and right throughout the year.
“It is an absolute disgrace that carers have been the target of this government’s regressive budgets. This needs to be reversed and not just in a tokenistic way but as part of a total shift in priorities and perspective at the centre of government.
“I am delighted that my colleagues on Limerick Council have supported Sinn Féin’s call for the restoration of the respite care grant.”