Kerry Cllr says Government has tough decisions to make

Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen A Kerry County Councillor says the Government has to make tough decisions which will impact on people in rural Ireland. Patrick Connor Scarteen was speaking after the Government reduced funding for personal security alarms for older people from €2.45 million to €1.15 million. The Fine Gael Cllr says while this cut for alarms is harsh, when it comes to rural Garda stations, some need to close in order to save money but many in isolated areas need to be retained. Cllr Connor Scarteen says the Government has tough decisions to make, especially when it comes to Garda stations. [audio_player src=””] The Chairman of Brosna Community Alert, Timmie O’Sullivan, says these alarms are vital for older people. [audio_player src=””]   Meanwhile, Independent TD for Kerry South Tom Fleming has called on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to reverse a decision to cut the Seniors Alert Scheme. In a Dáil question submitted by Deputy Fleming, he is also asking Minister Phil Hogan to take into consideration the effect on the elderly that the closure of a large number of Garda Stations will have.