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Home help protest set for Taoiseach's Mayo office

Workers and supporters will march on Enda Kenny’s constituency office in Castlebar to protest at home help cutbacks.

Protestors outside Leinster House, Dublin for a rally against proposed Government cuts to home help and carers of people with disabilities last Wednesday.
Protestors outside Leinster House, Dublin for a rally against proposed Government cuts to home help and carers of people with disabilities last Wednesday.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

HOME HELP WORKERS and their supporters are to hold a demonstration this afternoon which will include a march on the constituency office of the Taoiseach.

Protesters from the west and northwest will hold a march in Castlebar, Enda Kenny’s home town.

The demonstration will include a march on the Taoiseach’s constituency office.

Campaigners are opposing €8 million of HSE cuts to home help services, which could translate to the loss of about 450,000 hours.

Almost half-a-million hours of care have already been cut this year, as the HSE moves to cut its spending in order to limit its budget overspend for the year.

The agency has pledged to minimise the effects of the cutbacks on the delivery of services.

Earlier this week it emerged that the HSE would need a supplementary Budget of about €300 million, on top of its provision of €13.9 billion from Budget 2012, in order to continue providing services until the end of the year.

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