An all-time low
• I believe that as a country we have, thanks to the present regime, descended into a pit of meanness from which we may never recover.
A banker retired from a failed bank is getting an annual pension equivalent to giving the respite grant to 405 deserving families every year. And there is no shortage of such guys throughout the collapsed banking system.
Reducing the respite care grant by €325 will save the State €26m a year and keep Ireland running for 17 hours at current borrowing rates.