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Deputy Séamus Healy

Deputy Séamus Healy

Budget 2013 is a savage attack on low & middle income families and children.

It targets the poorest people in society, the working poor and middle Ireland while allowing the wealthy to get off scot free.

A typical low income family with two children will lose a minimum of €1100 per annum or €22 a week.

Children are being particularly targeted with child benefit cuts of €10 euro per month for the first and second child and €18 euro per month for the third child.

Labour in particular has reneged on families. The public will recall Labour party ads in the 2011 general election calling for “the protection of child benefit, saying it has been cut too much already” and that Labour was “ against Fine Gael’s latest proposal to cut child benefit”.“Families need Labour in Government”, we were told.

Another blow to families is the introduction of a new Property Tax on the family home- this is unjust and unfair and is not based on ability to pay.

The removal of the PRSI allowance and the reduction in back to school clothing & footwear schemes are totally unacceptable.

The elderly and the ill are also being targeted with cuts to the electricity, gas and telephone household package and a 200% increase to €1.50 per item in prescription charges.

Carer’s find themselves on the wrong end of a particularly nasty cut of €325 to the respite care grant.

Alternatives and opportunities to tax wealth and high earners were ignored.

This is the 6th austerity budget which has in total has taken €27.5 billion out of the economy and will lead to further job losses, emigration and the closure of small businesses.

 

Seamus Healy Independent T.D. for Tipperary South

Workers & Unemployed Action Group South Tipperary

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At the Annual General Meeting of the Workers and Unemployed Action Group it was unanimously agreed that the group would make a donation to start the Mayor’s Fund for 2012.

Yesterday afternoon, members of the group met with WUAG Cllr Billy Shoer, Mayor of Clonmel and presented him with a cheque for €1000, from the Worker’s and Unemployed Action Group, toward the Mayor’s Fund.

The cheque was presented by WUAG Treasurer, Mrs Kathleen Bulbert.  Also present were WUAG Councillors Pat English, Brian O’Donnell and Helena McGee.


Statement by Seamus Healy TD

Labour gives Go-ahead to Health Cuts and New Attack on Coeliacs

Congratulations to the disability campaigners and the Carers Association who camped outside Leinster House and succeeded in securing restoration of 10 million in cuts to personal assistance services. They have shown that standing up to barbarism works.

But, at yesterday’s cabinet meeting, the Labour ministers allowed all the other cuts including the cuts to home help services to go ahead and there are new exclusions from medicines available on the medical card. In addition to the anti-cholestrol drugs already excluded now gluten free foods are no longer covered by the medical card or by tax rebates. “Director of Older and Bolder, Patricia Conboy, said: “Cuts to home-care services which support older people to remain living at home and within their own communities will result in earlier admissions to nursing homes, longer stays in acute hospitals and anguish for families who wish to care for relatives suffering from illness, frailty and disability at home.” (see newspaper reports below)

I call on Labour Party representatives to take example from Labour Party councillor Paul O’Shea (Ennis) and to insist that all these cuts be set aside.

I have already sought, without success, an emergency meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Health with a view to stopping these cuts.

The money should be found from taxing the still growing assets of the super-rich.

Net assets of the top 300 Irish citizens have increased by 4.9 Billion Euro in the year 2011 and by 12 billion in the past two years to a new high level of 62Billion! New research carried out by Nick Webb for Sunday Independent, March 11, 2012, has established the above figures and identified the 300 individuals concerned. Those who have gone “bust” or have much reduced wealth have been replaced by 44 new entrants. Wealth has not disappeared but some has moved between asset holders.

 

Seamus Healy 087-2802199

Member of Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.


Deputy Séamus Healy

 

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has “regretted” the cuts in health funding announced by Minister Reilly but welcomed the HSE commitment to apply the reductions “on a case by case basis”.  In short he has refused to veto the cuts and has instead issued a hypocritical statement.

 

The assets of the wealthiest 300 Irish Citizens have increased by €12 billion to €62 billion over the past two years.  Rather than tax these assets Mr Gilmore is prepared to take a further €130 million out of a health service already devastated by cuts.  A further reduction of €700 million in funding of health services next year has been promised by Minister Reilly.  Instead of taxing the assets and incomes of the super-rich Dr Reilly wants to reduce the pay and conditions of health service workers whose pay has already been cut and who are working in the most difficult conditions due to staff cuts.

 

Of the eight cost-cutting proposals in the HSE plan outlined yesterday (30 August 2012), at least three will affect older people or the disabled exclusively.  Services for both groups are likely to be seriously affected by a 600,000-hour cut in home help hours, as well as a reduction of 200 home care packages and a €10 million reduction in hours for personal assistants for people who need high levels of support trying to live independently.   Services and supports for these patients have already been severely cut.

 

In addition cholesterol reducing drugs, among others, are to be removed from the medical card scheme.  This removal will increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks thus shortening the lives of those who can’t afford to pay.  This is in truth a descent into barbarism.

 

 

Net assets of the top 300 Irish Citizens have increased by €4.9 billion  in the year 2011 and by €12 billion in the past two years to a new high level of €62 billion.

New research carried out by Nick Webb for Sunday Independent, March 11, 2012, has established the above figures and identified the 300 individuals concerned.  Those who are gone “bust” or have much reduced wealth have been replaced by 44 new entrants.  Wealth has not disappeared but some has moved between asset holders.

 

I have already sought an emergency meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee ( of which I am a member ) with a view to stopping these cuts.

I call on all Labour Deputies, including my fellow Deputy in the new Tipperary Constituency, to insist that these barbaric cuts be halted.

 

Séamus Healy TD – 087 2802199

 

01 September 2012


Emergency Meeting of Oireachtas Health Committee must be Called Immediately to Stop Barbaric Health Cuts

 

Deputy Séamus Healy

 

I have called on Chairman Gerry Buttimer TD to convene an immediate emergency meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee in order to discuss the Health Cuts announced by the HSE at the behest of the Government.  I will be proposing that these cuts be rescinded at the meeting.

Minster Reilly and the Chief Executive of the HSE must appear before the meeting and must answer questions.

 

 

 

Of the eight cost – cutting proposals in the HSE plan outlined yesterday (30 August 2012), at least three will affect older people or the disabled exclusively.  Services for both groups are likely to be seriously affected by a 600,000-hour cut in home help hours, as well as a reduction of 200 home care packages and a €10 million reduction in hours for personal assistants for people who need high levels of support trying to live independently.  Services and supports for these patients have already been severely cut.

 

In addition cholesterol reducing drugs, among others, are to be removed from the medical card scheme.  This removal will increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks thus shortening the lives of those who can’t afford to pay.  This is in truth a descent into barbarism.

 

Labour must Stop Savage Attacks on the Old, The Sick, The Disabled.

The statement by the Labour Party Chairman, Colm Keaveney, that he is uncomfortable with the cuts is a mere washing of hands.  The truth is that the Labour Party in government is imposing these cuts and can stop them.  There are two Labour Party Junior Ministers, Kathleen Lynch and Roisín Shortall, in Dr Reilly’s Department of Health.

I call on Eamon Gilmore to veto these cuts immediately.

 

Séamus Healy TD – 087 2802199

Member of Oireachtas Health Committee

 

31 August 2012


The tax affairs of Mick Wallace T.D. are completely and absolutely wrong and unacceptable.

PAYE Workers are paying huge taxes and universal social charges directly from their wages, small businesses up and down the country are being put to the pin of their collar to pay their taxes, many have gone to the wall, social welfare recipients who have been overpaid are being made pay back the money.

Deputy Wallace has admitted underpaying V.A.T., collected from home-buyers, to the state and has not responded to the many suggestions that he pays this tax from his personal assets and income.

Deputy Wallace must pay back his tax liabilities from his assets and income, including his personal assets and income.

We cannot have double standards. There must not be one law for T.D.’s and another for ordinary citizens.

I believe Deputy Wallace’s position is incompatible with his continued membership of Dáil Éireann and that he should resign.

 

Seamus Healy T.D.

09/06/2012

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