THE Labour Party has lost out badly in this budget. It would seem that Fine Gael are eating it up in the same way that Fianna Fail gobbled up the PDs.
No matter what gloss the party puts on it, this is a budget that hits the poorest the hardest.
Cuts in childrens’ allowance and respite care grants will be pushed through and every Labour TD will or should be uneasy about that.
Once again, the easiest target is hit hardest. Neither of the governing parties care about the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.
The only people who care are the people in our communities.
Last week a cheque for €44,113.77 was presented to the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation by those who took part in Rose’s Cycle 2012.
The cycle took place in August and saw 31 people cycle 320kms from An Ceathru in An Gaillimh to Stabannon here in Louth over three days.
Those who took part in the cycle were from Stabannon, Dromiskin, Galway, Knockbridge, Dundalk, Dunleer, Cork and Tullamore. The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation currently has 300 families on their books, seven of whom are in Louth. The money raised will go towards the nursing care for the children of these families. And well done to Castlebellingham folk who raised E10,844 euro for the Gary Kelly Center.