The People Before Profit Alliance today condemned the decision of Irish Life and Permanent to increase variable interest rates from Monday. PBPA is calling on the public to show their disgust with IL&P by picketing their O Connell St branch from 12 to 2pm next Monday. The Alliance called on the public to organise pickets on other branches of IL&P at the same time.
Councillor Brid Smith said “My phone has been hopping all day. The people I represent are angry that their mortgage repayments are being increased when many of them have lost their jobs or have had wage cuts imposed on them. Anyone with a job is paying extra in levies. The people running Irish Life and Permanent have no idea how difficult it is for people to manage in current circumstances. The government needs to tell IL&P that this decision has to be reversed. The public should show their anger at this disgraceful decision by picketing IL&P next Monday”.
CAMPAIGN TO STOP CUTS AT CHERRYORCHARD HOSPITAL CONTINUES
Protest March Friday 24 July
Management at Cherry Orchard Hospital confirmed today that up to 20 beds have been closed in the hospital. Patients in receipt of respite care have been moved out of the hospital to private nursing homes in Maynooth and Lucan.
Between 20 and 25 families in the West Dublin area will be affected by this move of patients to private nursing homes. The HSE, despite pleas from management at Cherry Orchard, have refused to recruit the extra nursing staff required to keep respite services in the hospital. Instead they are paying the full commercial rate for private care for public patients.
People Before Councillor, Brid Smith, who is leading the campaign to save the respite services, spoke to management today who confirmed that they cannot guarantee that the beds will re-open in Cherry Orchard in October, as originally stated by the HSE.