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Friday 31 October 2014

MY BUDGET: Pensioners take hit on tiny weekly allowance

PENSIONER Bridie Flynn said that she already had very little left from her €240 weekly income.

But the 84-year-old from Irishtown, Dublin, will have even less following cuts to telephone and electricity allowances.

She said she is able to get a "few messages" in the shop with the money she saved through these exemptions.

"And with the property tax -- in God's name how could you pay it? Some of my family have high mortgages," said Mrs Flynn.

"I don't know what the people are going to do. I get a €240 old age pension. I have no other pension now."

She can make ends meet but there is nothing left over when she has paid all her expenses. She added: "You don't have anything left.

"One time you had a few bob but not any more. There's always something coming in the door.

"The way we pay more when we go for a prescription -- all of these little things add up."

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