Budget voices: 'You could just about pay the property tax with €5'
Pensioner: Pat Kelly
The €5 extra in the State Pension is welcome, but doesn't go far enough, says Cork pensioner Pat Kelly.
Pat (73), who lives in Blackrock near Cork city, says all of his savings are gone and he relies heavily on what he receives from the State pension.
He feels the extra €5 won't go too far in helping people like him.
"You could just about pay the property tax with the increase they've announced," he said.
"Last year, it was €3.
"With the Christmas Bonus you could just about pay your arrears."
Pat also said that numerous essential spends on his home have almost completely wiped out the money that he has saved over the years.
"In the last six years I had to replace the fridge, boiler, washing machine and tumble dryer," he said.
"My heating failed last year so I had to replace that as well.
"I've had savings since 1985, but now it seems that it's all spent."
After major back surgery in 1984, Pat was forced to quit work aged 41.
He spent a lot of his retirement caring for his own ageing parents. His father passed away in 2009.
Pat hasn't been outside of Ireland since 1983, when he took his mother to New York on a holiday.
"I'd like a holiday, but it's impossible. My holiday now is going to Dublin for appointments," he said.
Pat now lives with his niece, who takes care of him.
"My niece looks after me and we share the bills. Only for that, I'd be struggling."
Pat is not on a lot of medication, but welcomed a reduction on the cap for prescription charges.