A Donegal neighbour of Fianna Fáil Senator Brian O’Domhnaill who recently suffered a break-in has no mobile telephone coverage and does not own a mobile device, he told the Seanad. The man does, however, have a landline he said, yet this elderly and partially disabled gentleman will now lose his telephone allowance.
“That is not right,” he said. “Moreover, it is happening at a time when it is more clear than ever that bankers are being protected by this Government. Despite the promises made before the last general election, not one banker has lost a single penny in pension entitlement or remuneration.”
Speaking during a debate on the social Welfare Bill, Senator O’Domhnaill said on the other hand, the most vulnerable people in our society are losing their telephone allowance.
“To put this in context, we, as Members of the Oireachtas, receive a telephone allowance of €750 every 18 months,” he said. “Why was that provision not touched in the Budget while the €9.50 per month telephone allowance for elderly people was removed? It is absolutely outrageous and disgraceful.”
Senator O’Domhnaill said young people are being penalised and driven from this country as a result of changes in this Budget. “Busloads of young people from my own county are leaving or have already left because they are not willing to live in a country where they are penalised for being young. Why should a person aged 27 be entitled to a higher payment than somebody who is two years younger? Is the second person worth less to the State? I strongly contend that he or she is not.”