Ned O'Brien, pictured at his home, described his pendant alarm as 'a life saver'. (Jamie O'Flaherty)

A 92 year old Mitchelstown man, who relies on his personal monitored alarm, has slammed the government’s decision to slash funding to the Senior Alert Scheme. 

“Having my pendant alarm gives me confidence, independence and peace of mind. I have had four or five falls and I was able to raise the alarm each time. When I press the button on my pendant, my three sons are notified and it’s a life saver to have it,” said Mr O’Brien.

Ned O’Brien, who pays €66 a year towards the service, told The Avondhu that his pendant alarm gives him confidence and is a life saver for many an elderly person.

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