South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has blasted the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan for his latest attack on the elderly and vulnerable citizens of the Country, this time in the form of massive cuts to the Community Alert Seniors Alert Scheme, where provision for security items such as smoke alarms, security lights, door locks etc. have all been cut
“The elderly of this Country have paid their fair share of taxes and they are entitled to and should receive protection and security from this state but instead Minister Hogan and this Government have decimated these Community Alert Grants that allow for the installation of these security devices in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable.”
“Many elderly citizens are contacting my Office because they are frightened with the recent increase in House Robberies. It is unbelievable to think this Government could even contemplate reducing the grants for the security devices but this Government have went one step further and have removed them altogether. Have they completely lost their minds or do they just not care about the protection and security of our elderly citizens” asked Deputy McGrath
Deputy McGrath has called for the immediate reversal of his decision which is to come into force from March 31st.
“Minister Hogan is trying to bully householders into paying the Household Charge by saying that if they don’t, their services will be cut, yet he has already cut the most basic grants to provide security and safety measures in the homes of the elderly. It is just not acceptable and I am calling for the immediate reversal of this decision.” Concluded McGrath