Pensioners left in the cold

Following the recent closure of the Gweedore based company, MFG, who were funded to provide insulation to homes across Donegal many elderly people have been left without the necessary insulation and are fearing the worst as the cold weather sets in,

Following the recent closure of the Gweedore based company, MFG, who were funded to provide insulation to homes across Donegal many elderly people have been left without the necessary insulation and are fearing the worst as the cold weather sets in,

Under the Warmer Homes Scheme hundred’s of homes across South West Donegal were approved to receive free insulation yet with the closure of the company they have been left without having any work carried out to their homes.

Sustainable Energy Ireland are now dealing with the applications from MFG but have indicated that they cannot guarantee that the work will be carried out until next year.

This issue affects hundreds of people across South Donegal who were approved for the insulation work over a year ago.

One elderly women, an 85 year old widow who preferred to remain nameless commented, “I applied for the free insulation scheme last March.

“I am a pensioner and my husband passed away a few years ago. MFG came out to my house to inspect it and told me that my grant had been approved and that the work would be done by Autumn latest.

“After hearing that the company are no longer in business I am worried sick that the work will not now be done this winter.

“My house is extremely cold and I have a lot of health problems including arthritis and my doctor says that I should live in a warm home.”

Another elderly man who applied for the grant one year ago said “I just do not understand why the work is taking so long to do. I was promised it would be done by November and now they have said they cannot confirm whether it will be done this year. I cannot afford to pay for the insulation work privately on my pension”.

Jim McLaughlin, a Donegal Town Community worker said, “Warmer Homes is a free insulation scheme for families, the elderly and disabled among others who are in receipt of social welfare payments.

“Having spoken with many vulnerable older and disabled people who are extremely anxious that they will not now get their homes insulated until next year.

“Contractors based in Donegal who are able to carry out the work are simply waiting on Sustainable Energy Ireland to give them the go-ahead, vulnerable people who were approved are now left in limbo.

“This work needs carried out immediately to alleviate the stress and hardship being caused”, he said.