Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection Barry Cowen has welcomed the commitment from the Minister for Finance to review his colleague Joan Burton’s decision to slash disability allowance. In a Prime Time Budget Special tonight Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath secured the commitment from Minister Michael Noonan that the cut was ‘worth looking at again’ in the context of the social welfare bill.

Deputy Cowen said: “A young adult aged 16-18 is currently receiving €188 per week. Under the Government’s plan they will be cut to approximately €71 a week while those aged 18-24 will see a cut of €88 weekly in their allowance, down to just €100 a week.

“From the moment this cut was announced Fianna Fáil said it was unfair and unnecessary. This measure will only save approximately €7m and this money can be found elsewhere. This cut does not need to be implemented.

“The Minister for Finance now appears to agree with Fianna Fáil on this and has said it should be looked at again by the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton. I am calling on Minister Burton tonight to state clearly where she stands on ‘looking at this again’, as Minister Noonan had indicated she should.”