Fianna Fáil’s Kildare North TD, Frank O’Rourke, has said that his party’s footprint in relation to supports for older people has been demonstrated in the range of measures included in Budget 2018.
“We have secured a €5 per week increase in the State Pension, an extra week of Fuel Allowance, the Telephone Allowance for older people is to be brought back from October 2018 and a new €2.50 weekly allowance to adults living on their own” stated Deputy O’Rourke.
“In terms of the health service, there will be additional funding for home care packages. I know from my clinics the increased requirement for home care packages, as we try and assist older people live in their own homes. I had raised these issues prior to the budget and I am delighted that we have made some progress.”
“We ensured that fairness was put centre stage in Budget 2018. Last year, was the first progressive budget in 6 years; a fact admitted by the Taoiseach himself. Fianna Fail’s influence over budgetary policy, through its supply and confidence agreement, is greater than that of the Labour’s party influence while in Government. We successfully moved Fine Gael away from their focus on reducing the higher rate of income tax.”
“This wasn’t a perfect budget, but the direction of the Budget, in terms of lower income families and older people, was much fairer because of our influence,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke who has urged the Government to put more focus on reducing the cost of living between Budgets.