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Dublin granny stabbed 22 times still not receiving disability pension

Crime DeskBy Conor Feehan
Rose Kenny
Rose Kenny

A DUBLIN grandmother who was stabbed and left to die outside her flat has said her application for a disability pension has been tied up in red tape.

Rose Kenny (51) was attacked by her former partner as she left the School Street Flats near Thomas Street on September 23, 2014.

She was stabbed 22 times and received injuries to her throat and neck that left her fighting for her life.

Rose can now barely speak, except in a hoarse whisper, and as a result had to give up her job in the local family resource centre, where she cared for children.

Last month she appealed to Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar for help because she cannot get the fuel allowance to keep her warm while she is on illness benefit as a result of her injuries.

She also applied for a disability pension but says she is losing hope of getting the fuel allowance this winter because of bureaucratic red tape.

“To get the disability pension I have to supply bank statements. I eventually got them from the bank but they are not current enough so I have had to apply to get more,” Rose said.

“It all seems to take weeks, meanwhile the weather has turned very cold and it is harder to heat my home.

 I turn on the heat to warm up but as soon as I turn it off it disappears out of the flat and I have to turn on the heating again.

“I used to qualify for the fuel allowance when I was doing a bit of work, but now that I’m on the illness allowance I’ve been told I don’t qualify for it. “I’ve heard nothing from the Department of Social Protection.

I don’t know where I stand. “I just can’t understand how the system works.

I was told by one person that if I went on Jobseeker’s Allowance I would qualify for it, but I can’t work because I can’t talk and I feel I would be lying if I went on Jobseeker’s Allowance.”

 Fianna Fail’s social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea has said the current social welfare system is riddled with anomalies, is hugely bureaucratic, and that it urgently needs to be simplified.

“It is full of traps and rules that discourage people from working and this case is another obvious one that shows up its shortcomings,” he said.

“If she hadn’t been working in the past, paid no stamps and claimed disability allowance, she would get the same amount as she would on illness benefit, plus the fuel allowance as well.”

Denis Leahy of Queen Street, Dublin 7 was charged with attempting to murder Rose Kenny at School Street Flats, Dublin 8 on September 23, 2014.

They had previously been in a relationship for 15 years.

He pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Rose Kenny after the case had opened to the jury at the Central Criminal Court on June 22 2016.

He had previously pleaded guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Ms Kenny at the same address on the same date.

Mr Justice Paul Butler sentenced Leahy to 14 years imprisonment and backdated it to September 23, 2014.

Leahy is wanted for the murder of a woman in a lethal attack after he had sex with his victim in Thailand’s Sin City in 2006.

However, Leahy went on the run from the Thai authorities after posting €30,000 bail in 2007.