Friday 9 December 2016

Anonymous donor offers to pick up heating bill ‘government won’t pay’ for grandmother

Cian Murray

Published 21/10/2016 | 11:16

Rose Kenny is living in fear after a brutal knife attack
Rose Kenny is living in fear after a brutal knife attack

An anonymous donor has offered to pay for home-heating for a Dublin grandmother (51) who was stabbed outside her flat and left to die.

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Rose Kenny (51) appealed to Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar for help because she cannot get the winter fuel allowance while on illness benefit as a result of her injuries.

"I used to qualify for the fuel allowance when I was doing a bit of work, but now that I'm on the illness allowance, which is the same €188, I've been told I don't qualify," Rose told the Herald earlier this week.

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However, a person, who wishes to remain anonymous, has since stepped in and would like to give her the cost of the fuel allowance.

The donor said: “I don’t know this woman at all. I have no connection. I haven’t lived in Ireland for years. This woman is on her hands and knees asking for just a few quid. I am in a lucky position where I have a bit of money saved.

“The whole reason why I am doing it is because my mother is of a similar age. If she was in a similar situation I would move heaven and earth to help her out. Life is too short.”

Ms. Kenny was attacked by her former partner, Denis Leahy, as she left the School Street Flats near Thomas Street in Dublin on September 23, 2014.

She was left with injuries to her throat and neck that left her fighting for her life.

Although she was appreciative of the offer, Rose decided not to take the donation.

Rose said: "I'm appealing to Leo Varadkar to sort this out, not just for me but for others in my situation, so I cannot take this money.

“I want to thank this man for his kindness, but this is my fight to face,” she said.  

The fuel allowance – what is it?

A fuel allowance is a payment under the National Fuel Scheme to help with the cost of heating homes during the winter.

It is paid to people who are dependent on long-term social welfare payments and who are unable to provide for their own heating needs.

The 2016-2017 fuel allowance season started on October 3 and ends on March 31.

Fuel allowance is paid along with the social welfare payment and amounts to €22.50 per week, or a total of €585 for the winter.

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