Kerry County Councillors are hitting out at cuts to home help hours.
Several councillors raised motions about cutbacks to service users in the county at the monthly meeting of the local authority.
Cllr Norma Foley said HSE staff are doing their best but don’t have the hours to give and said this is hugely worrying for families of elderly people.
She called on the Health Minister to allow people to live with dignity and equality in their own homes.
Cllr Toireasa Ferris called on the council to condemn the cuts being imposed and asked the Minister to ensure those working in the sector are treated with the respect they deserve.
Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said a Government should be judged on how they treat the most vulnerable in our society. Cllr Brendan Cronin cited an example of an 87 year old who is living alone and has had 15 minutes taken from their 45 minutes of home help.
He claimed that some people are scared to speak out in case they lose all of their hours but this has been rejected by the Health Service Executive.
The HSE says an extra 13,000 hours of home help have been allocated nationwide.