Kenny under fire for cuts targeting older people
on 16/10/2013 10:55:48
Amid rowdy scenes in the Dáil this morning, Mr Kenny came under fire from Fianna Fáil over the cuts to medical cards, the bereavement grant and abolition of the telephone allowance.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin's dubbed the measures "taking money from older people by the back door".
But the Taoiseach insisted that older people had benefitted from decisions not taken in the Budget.
"The state pension, the carers's schemes, the free travel, the free televisions licences… have not been touched," Mr Kenny said.
"And because we recognise that fuel is a big issue for the elderly, the fuel allowance has not been changed, and excise duty on fuel has been left untouched as well.
"Those aged 65 and over will continue to be treated more favourably under the Irish income tax code than all other taxpayers."