Thursday 19 January 2017

Politicians turning a blind eye to people's suffering

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore’s party candidates are hearing of people’s anguish
Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore’s party candidates are hearing of people’s anguish

The din created by those who feel they have been short-changed by austerity has become like background noise, we barely hear it. People become desensitised over time, the sting of the lash becomes a little less of a shock, the pain is still there, but you learn to get on with it. Some call it craven, others see it as evidence of stoicism and strength.

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However, above the usual din, to which we have become accustomed, a different more urgent cry is now being heard.

Many of those who are now losing their discretionary medical cards cannot even shout out in protest, instead we are hearing the despairing voices of their carers. I heard recently of a postman on the minimum wage whose wife is immobilised and who has to have regular expensive hospital treatment. Too bad, is the state response, the medical card has to go.

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