Ballesty calls for budget decision on Medical Cards for over 70s to be reversed
Note to editor: Photo of Robert Ballesty and Mary Lou McDonald at today's protest in Lucan attached, as well as a photo of some of the other protestors. Sinn Féin representative for Lucan and Palmerstown Robert Ballesty was today joined by Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald on a demonstration organised by Lucan Sinn Féin outside Minister for Health Mary Harney's constituency clinic today in Lucan, in response to the government's decision to means test the over 70s access to medical cards.
Speaking afterwards Robert Ballesty said "We in Lucan Sinn Féin organised this protest today, after receiving many calls from angry constituents who have expressed concern and confusion with the latest government policy, especially regarding the income limits that will apply. We call on the Health Minister to immediately reverse the decision to withdraw automatic medical card provision for the over 70s without delay."