'Grey brigade' march on Dail over home-help cuts
INFLUENTIAL voters dubbed the "grey brigade" marched on the Dail again to warn that cutting home help will see more elderly people consigned to nursing homes.
The lobby group Older and Bolder led about 150 senior citizens in a march on the Dail and delivered a petition to Health Minister James Reilly demanding an end to cuts which they claim made no economic or social sense.
The HSE has said €8m and 450,000 hours are to be cut from home-care services before the end of the year.
But Older and Bolder says this will simply result in more elderly people ending up in nursing homes and hospitals -- at an even greater cost to the State.
Protester Rosemary Brennan (72), who is wheelchair-bound, said that if she loses her visits, she would end up "lying in bed".
Former minister Roisin Shortall said it "was a disgrace" that the elderly had to protest again.