RENUA Ireland leader Cllr. John Leahy has slammed the Independent Alliance’s ‘Grandparent and Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme’ as being; ‘’nothing more than another example of Stepaside style stroke politics by Shane Ross’’.

Mr Leahy said

‘’RENUA Ireland firmly supports the concept of proper state support and pay for grand-parents who look after children.

Their unpaid work binds families together and saves the Exchequer serious money.

That is why this political scam is an utter disgrace.

It is back of a beermat politics which quite obviously has not been thought out.

Grandparents deserve far more than a thousand Euros a year for such work.

They also deserve a far more comprehensively evolved scheme than one which ill obviously fall at the first hurdle once it is grabbed by the mandarins in the Department of Social Protection.

RENUA Ireland warns grand-parents now that all that glitters is not gold and that there is nothing glamorous about this current imaginary scheme’’.