With the Government ‘signing off on 2.5bn of cuts on Sunday night young unemployed people, pensioners and some medical card holders are set to take a hit.
Yesterday the president of St Vincent de Paul in Donegal, Rosa Glackin said she was ‘most concerned’ for the group she described as ‘the squeezed middle income group.”
Speaking with the Journal Mrs Glackin said the demand for St Vincent dePaul services were such that in excess of 100,000 calls had been received nationally so far this year.
In addition there was an up to 30% increase in calls in Donegal.
She told the Journal: “Some of the people who used to donate to us on a regular basis are now in trouble themselves. A lot of people are ‘new to need’ in that they never ever thought they could find themselves in this situation.
“The cumulative effects of seven austerity budgets has bit people here hard, particularly those who have children in education who have suffered severe declines in income.
“Any cuts in social welfare would be tough on those finding it tight enough as it is.