Labour TD for Dublin North Central, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has spoken of the growing problem of rogue workmen targeting elderly people, and this issue being complicated further by their victims' reluctance in reporting their experience.
“Residents at one of my Community Policing Forum meetings in Drumcondra last week spoke of neighbours being exploited for hundreds of euro for menial jobs by rogue workmen, but being too embarrassed to report it to the Gardaí.'
'Often when an elderly person knows that they have been conned, the sense of embarrassment or shame can prevent them from informing neighbours or reporting the incident to the Gardaí.'
'Unfortunately this has the unintentional effect of allowing such workmen to continue to abuse the confidence of other elderly neighbours'.
'It is important to send the message that all reporting such incidents to the Gardaí is incredibly important, and that there is no shame in making a mistake.'
'Age Action Ireland also offer a 'Care and Repair' service which offers free household jobs completed by reputable workmen with Garda Clearance.'
'I encourage residents to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours during these uncertain times as the number of burglaries continue to rise in Dublin and across the country.'
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin:
Sunday, September 09, 2012
STATEMENT BY AODHÁN Ó RÍORDÁIN TD
Vice-Chair of Education and Social Protection Committee
Labour Party TD, Dublin North Central
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
PATRON BODIES MUST DO MORE TO REDUCE BACK-TO-SCHOOL COSTS FOR PARENTS - Ó RÍORDÁIN
Vice-Chair of the Education and Social Protection Committee Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD has stated that representatives of the School Patron Bodies will be invited before the committee to discuss the ongoing problem of back-to-school costs.
"Recent figures have shown that the number of families applying for the Back to School Allowance have doubled since 2007, which clearly indicates that thousands of families are now struggling under the weight of school costs. A Barnardos survey published this summer showed that the average cost of sending a child to senior infants is €355, while the average cost of sending a child to first year in secondary school is now €770."
"Many of the costs incurred by parents are unnecessarily high and it requires more leadership from school Patron Bodies and Boards of Management to reduce these expenses which many parents cannot afford.'
"There are many areas that school leaders must address as a matter of urgency:
Uniform costs must be monitored more closely
Book rental schemes must be better utilised
Concerns over Voluntary Contributions must also be addressed
"We hope to discuss these matters with the various patron bodies in the coming weeks, and I would encourage parents to make their own views known to their respective Boards of Management so as to encourage change."
Politicised by his experiences as a teacher in Sheriff Street, Aodhán was first elected to Dublin City Council for the North Inner City Ward in'04. Re-elected with a huge vote in the Clontarf Ward in '09, Aodhán is a consistant advocate of the most vulnerable in society with a track record of strong representation and practical solution-driven politics. In the 2011 General Election, Aodhán was one of 17 new Labour TDs elected to serve in Dáil Éireann.