The Government has reversed the controversial decision to halve spending this year on personal security alarms for older people.
The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny told RTÉ’s “This Week” programme that everyone aged over 65 would be eligible to apply for a grant under the scheme. When asked to clarify the Taoiseach’s statement, a spokesman for the Department of the Environment said it had been decided to reinstate last year’s level of funding to that of 2012 (€2.45m).
RTE News [includes TV coverage] – Government reverses elderly personal alarm decision
The Irish Times – Government reverses cut in panic alarm grant
The Irish Examiner – Decision to reverse cuts to elderly alarm scheme welcomed