Saturday 20 January 2018

State exploits its most vulnerable

Madam – It would be an understatement to say I am outraged as a disabled person following this despicable decision by the Government to abolish the mobility allowance. It is disingenuous and completely unforgivable for the Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, to say she understood the hardship caused by this decision as an able-bodied person. And how can she say it would cost the Exchequer in the region of €170m-€300m, when former leaders and ministers of government parties have cost the taxpayers of this State hundreds of millions of euro?

The financial exploitation continues as the members of the frontline services and the middle to lower earners in both the private and public sectors alike pay the price for white-collared corruption. This Government is no better than its predecessors when it comes to financial exploitation and rewarding cronies.

Last week, the present Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, had to apologise for the State's involvement in exploitation to the surviving victims of the Magdalene Laundries. I wonder who will be given the responsibility for doing the same in 20 to 30 years' time for the State's financial exploitation and victimisation of the disabled and most vulnerable?

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