NEWLY widowed Larry Duggan had been considering getting a personal alarm system installed at his home.
But this would have involved re-connecting his landline phone, an expense that he had already cut out last year when the phone allowance for pensioners was reduced.
Since the allowance was abolished in the Budget, Mr Duggan, pictured inset with a photograph of his wife Shiela, feels he can no longer afford this investment in his personal security.
This is why he's taking the morning train from Limerick to Dublin today, to take part in a protest against Budget cuts and their impact on the elderly.
Mr Duggan (71) is one of hundreds of pensioners expected to take part in the protest outside the Dail at lunchtime today that's being organised by the Irish Senior Citizens' Parliament.
He's urging other older people affected by the Budget to come out and support the protest.
"We need to have our voices heard. I think the axing of the phone allowance is the big one, but people are also going to be hit hard by the €1 increase for prescriptions," he said.
"They say the pension payment hasn't been hit, but where do they expect us to pay the extra money for the phone from? It's not going to come out of thin air."
Living in Limerick city where he was very active in SIPTU throughout his working life, Mr Duggan says he feels particularly sorry for rural dwellers because their landlines are crucial for their security and for their link to family and friends.
"I'm only newly widowed and my wife's death has hit me hard but I'm lucky because I have my family around me but what about people who are on their own?" added the father of seven, who was married for 50 years.
"I think abolishing the telephone allowance was a step too far and people in rural areas should be getting free phones altogether because some people are totally dependant on it for their personal alarms," he said.
This week he's been busy ringing around groups working with the elderly to try and gain support for the protest.