Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD confronted Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil today on his decision to slash the income of the most vulnerable section of Irish society – young people living with severe disabilities.

Deputy Martin commented, “The Government has successfully spun a line that the budget does not contain social welfare cuts, but nothing could be further from the truth.  All over this nation, people on social welfare are going to see cuts in their income.  No matter what language he uses, the Taoiseach cannot camouflage the fact that he is taking money from the pockets of those who can least afford it.

“However, the cynicism of the Government sunk to a new low as it emerged that they have chosen to attack the independent income of the most vulnerable section of our society – young people with disabilities.

“When I put this to the Taoiseach in the Dáil earlier, he blustered about these young people being able to access Domiciliary Care Allowance.  Perhaps the Taoiseach isn’t aware, but the facts could not be starker:  A young disabled adult aged 16-18 is today receiving €188 per week, giving them some small measure of independence.   

“Following this Government’s choices announced yesterday, young men and women in the exact same situation will received approximately €71 per week.  Those aged 18-24 will see their allowance cut from €188 to just €100 per week.  These are massive, calculating and callous cuts and should be reversed.”