A private members motion expressing concern about cuts to the domiciliary care allowance and the effect on people with disabilities has been defeated in the Dail by 81 votes to 41.
The Independent TD Catherine Murphy, who tabled the motion on behalf of the technical group, said there was evidence that children, particularly those with autism, are being targeted for payment reviews aimed at saving money.
The Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has rejected that claim.
Kate Mc Cafferty is a Director of the Autism Family Support Group in Letterkenny. She says while the vote was lost, the debate has helped highlight what she believes to be a deeply flawed review process....