Fianna Fáil has said described Alan Shatter’s decision to hand over his severance payment to the Jack & Jill Foundation as a belated recognition of the distress caused by his Government’s medical card cuts.

The party’s Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins commented, “There’s a strong irony in Mr Shatter’s decision to defy his party colleagues, keep his severance payment and gift the money to the very charity that’s led the campaign against his Government’s medical card cuts.

“The Jack & Jill Foundation does fantastic work with young children with severe physical and intellectual disabilities.  The charity has led the campaigning against the Government’s incredibly cruel cuts to discretionary medical cards for children with life-limiting conditions.  It is extremely deserving of all the support it can get.

“People will find it interesting that Alan Shatter chose this very charity for today’s announcement.  It comes after his party colleagues Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Health Minister James Reilly spent two years dismissing the distress caused to children that Jack & Jill represents.”