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Hundreds march against home help cuts

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Hundreds march against cuts


Mayo home helps blasts Taoiseach

Edwin McGreal
edwinmcgreal@mayonews.ie

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny should go and visit people receiving home-help care and see how much they need assistance before the Government cuts any more home-help hours.
That was the view of Caroline Colleran, a Kilmaine-based home help who was one of the 400-plus people who marched in Castlebar on Sunday afternoon to protest against cuts to home-help services.
“I thought when Enda Kenny was elected as Taoiseach that it was a great thing for Mayo, but he has let us down badly,” she told The Mayo News. “I would ask him to go on the road and call to elderly people and disabled people relying on home help and see the people these cuts are effecting.
“Look around you Enda Kenny, you are taking from the vulnerable and giving to the rich. Why do that? It doesn’t make sense.”

False economy

The SIPTU-led march was attended by home helps and supporters from all over the north west, including  Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Roscommon and Mayo. SIPTU organiser Annette Carpenter said that plans to cut a further 600,000 home-help hours nationwide was a ‘false economy’ and that those who rely on home help are suffering greatly.
“In Mayo in the last couple of weeks there has been a whole day cut,” she told The Mayo News yesterday. “That means no one coming in with hot food, no one checking on them, no fuel being brought in on that day.
“Hours are dropping all the time and home helpers can’t provide that level of care in the time they’re expected to.
“It is completely counter-productive, as people will end up in residential care. It’s a false economy, as it will end up costing the state more,” she said.

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