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Sinn Féin calls for withdrawal of increased charges at Cara Cheshire Home

19 August, 2005

Dublin South Central Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the HSE to immediately withdraw the 135% increase in charges on users of the Cara Cheshire Home in Dublin's Pheonix Park. Deputy Ó Snodaigh described the extra charges as "punitive" and said they were against the "most vulnerable in society, the disabled."

The increase in charges from €165 a month to €389 a month came into effect this week and the excuse for the increase of 135% is the introduction of the Health Amendment Act which was to deal with illegal charges of residents in residential homes.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "These punitive increases are against the most vulnerable in society, the disabled. They mean that the 24 people with physical disabilities at the Cara Cheshire Home and probably many others in other homes in Ireland are being penalised and are being asked to survive on €60 a week. This must cover clothes, transport, carers and socialising costs. All of this is against the concept of Cheshire Homes of encouraging independence and employment or education for the service users. Much of this is off-site." ENDS

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