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Doolan supports justice for Home Helps Campaign

13 March, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today called on the Minister for Health, Mary Harney, "to wake up to the crisis facing Home Help workers."

Addressing 100's of Home Help workers at a rally in Liberty Hall this morning, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Home Help workers are at breaking point as their hours and funding continue to be cut. Yet the Department of Health continue to ignore the fact that with out Home Help 100's of elderly people would be placed in nursing homes which would put a substantially greater financial burden on the Health Service Executive.

"The continuing failure of the Health Service Executive to address the critical issue of funding this vital service and 'zero hour' contracts has placed an intolerable strain on the workers, their clients and families.‰"

According to Cllr. Doolan:

"1000's of home help workers, their clients and families have registered their anger at the minister‚s inaction. Today's rally & protest gives health workers, community groups and the public an opportunity to lend their support to a growing campaign. Home Help is a live line for many in our community, it allows elderly people to live at home and receive care in the dignity of their own homes. To simply allow the government shut it down is totally unacceptable and will put further strain on an already inadequate health care system."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded, "Minister Harney to provide adequate funding and to meet with SIPTU representatives as a matter of urgency to discuss how a deepening crisis can be averted." ENDS

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