Wednesday 23 August 2017

I feel betrayed by the State after paying tax all my life

DISGRACE: Patients are forced to dip into savings for drugs
DISGRACE: Patients are forced to dip into savings for drugs
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

They live at opposite ends of the country, are from different generations and have little in common except they have been in constant pain for years and had to dip into their meagre savings to get the medical ball rolling after reaching the breaking point.

But David O'Mahony, a 77-year-old grandfather from Raheny, north Dublin and Jacqui Finnan, a 49-year-old mother and carer, from Tipperary, share similar stories.

Both have paid taxes all their lives yet feel betrayed by the State which they feel has turned its back on them when they needed it most.

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