Opinion

Friday 15 December 2017

Fairer social welfare system needed for drivers of the economy

Austerity after the crash increased the rate of heart attacks
Austerity after the crash increased the rate of heart attacks
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Reading your piece regarding the health effects of the downturn (Irish Independent, August 9), it comes as no surprise to me that rates of stroke and heart attack increased dramatically after the financial crash.

The humiliation and depression some feel, when all that they worked so hard to build disappears, puts huge pressure on individuals and indeed their friends and families.

This effect is not confined to just one single event but for many, particularly the self-employed, it's a constant worry which weighs heavy as they try to balance the books, knowing should they fail, the social welfare safety net is not there to help, resulting in financial devastation for them and their families.

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