Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Éamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
As is obvious from the reply, people who are in any way on average incomes in ordinary households will be assisted. I often think we apply double standards. If by some bad fortune a Minister's house got flooded and he or she made an application for the scheme, it would be regarded as ridiculous that a Minister on a ministerial salary would be given compensation. We have to avoid that kind of equivalent situation arising. Therefore, I think it reasonable that a form should be filled in. This should not be unduly difficult, especially for the people whom the Senator fears are on higher incomes because they would be more than well capable of filling out forms. I will contact these people and encourage them to fill in the form. I have no doubt if they do so, they will be treated correctly.