Fianna Fail to host meeting in Limerick to help people on social welfare

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Fianna Fail to host meeting in Limerick to help people on social welfare
FIANNA Fail is to host a public meeting in Limerick this Friday night to discuss problems people may have with social welfare payments and appeals.

FIANNA Fail is to host a public meeting in Limerick this Friday night to discuss problems people may have with social welfare payments and appeals.

The meeting takes place at the South Court Hotel at 8pm on Friday night, and will be hosted by the party’s spokesman on social protection, local deputy Willie O’Dea.

He said the aim of the meeting is to provide help and advice to those who are experiencing problems with social welfare payments.

“The social welfare system has been crippled by delays, inexplicable rejections and unprecedented appeals problems over the past two years. The thousands of people who are still waiting for payments they are owed are extremely frustrated, and in many cases genuinely fearful about the future,” said Deputy O’Dea.

The former Defence Minister pointed out that the situation is in particular difficult for those with disabilities, their carers and families.

“Not only is this government engaged in a sustained attack on people with disabilities, cutting supports right left and centre, it is also presiding over unprecedented problems with processing applications and appeals. All of this has left thousands of people here in Limerick and across the country completely in the dark about when - or if - they will get the supports they need,” he added.

The meeting will also be attended by Co Limerick Fianna Fail Deputy Niall Collins, as well as local representatives.