Published 20/01/2012 | 05:00
• Efficiency startles us like rabbits in headlights. I'm an old-age pensioner who fought in the grey brigade during the medical-card rebellion. However, I didn't realise then that we had a public service we could not afford and whose inefficiency will continue to strangle us as we struggle to get a foothold on the ladder of recovery.
The 'clean-up' began with Social Protection Minister Joan Burton tackling lone parents. I was one of those as I was still being allowed for a dependent child -- for nine years after she left home and became employed and a taxpayer. Why didn't I inform them? Revenue had her details and in my naivete I believed that departments communicated with each other. I'm very grateful that this has been rectified and done with discretion.
I am grateful to live in an age when the old and children feature high on the list of priorities. Hence the furore among the public when old-age pensioners are perceived as being attacked. I'm grateful too for the concern, but in today's society, there are many whose fate is far worse.