Thursday 27 July 2017

Human damage

• Some time ago when he was in opposition, the Finance Minister Michael Noonan broke down before RTE's cameras in relation to his experience pertaining to his wife's terrible illness, and its impact on himself emotionally.

One might ask where now is the Michael Noonan who engendered such public compassion?

He has not only upheld the 2010 policy of cutting home-help hours for fiscal reasons put in place by the previous government but now -- through the Health Minister James Reilly (who seems to have taken Holy Orders and retired to a monastery) Mr Noonan wishes to wield the savage axe to a far greater extent, at the truncated, depleted, and desperately required remaining hours, in existence for thousands of home-help recipients.

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