Saturday July 11, 2020

Medical card culture goes to the heart of Irish politics

Political control over social benefits is a powerful tool for TDs

27th October, 2013
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The more the government says that nothing has changed about how medical cards are allocated, the more cases seem to pop up which demonstrate at best mindless capriciousness in the system.

This is bad news for the government. Every media story about how people in unfortunate circumstances or dealing with serious illness have been denied a medical card, or had one confiscated, damages trust in the government, because it contradicts, with powerful personal stories, the...

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