Age Action calls for reversal of cuts to personal alarm funding

Age Action has described the Government's decision to cut the funding for panic alarms in elderly people's homes as "crazy" in light of the recent spate of attacks on elderly people.

The Government has reduced the funding for personal security alarms from 2.45 million euro to 1.15 million.

Age Action says the alarms allow elderly people to continue to live independently - and any reduction will cost more in the long term.

Head of Advocacy Eamon Timmins says the case of Margaret Lilly, who used a personal alarm after last weekend's attack highlights their importance...............