A mother who received a disability allowance 'repayment demand' just days after her son's death, has been told she won't have to pay it.
Tracy McGinnis from Wexford had cared for her son Brendan Bjorn for 17 years before he passed away on May 17th.
She took to social media after being asked to refund 208 euro paid in the week he died.
In the post today. Pardon my language, but how f*cking dare you @welfare_ie @HHumphreysFG Yes, I collected the mere €208 the week my 1st born son died, thinking pymts went on for 6wks. This demand letter disgusts me @AnneRabbitte Absolutely pissed off & now sobbing. Fkn hell. pic.twitter.com/2jmCrZfLm4
— Tracy 💜 ☮️📸 ✍🏼🏠🇮🇪 ❤️🇳🇴 (@AddressingLife) June 10, 2022
Minister Heather Humphreys responded this morning, saying the demand was 'tone deaf'.
Tracy McGinnis received the letter from the Department of Social Protection, shortly after her son passed away in May.
"I spent 17 and a half years, 24/7, around the clock, nursing level care, so my son could have the best life possible."
This morning, interviewed in response to the woman's distress, Minister Heather Humphreys announced the debt will be struck out.
"As far as I'm concerned this is about common sense and compassion."
She continued to say: "No, she won't have to pay the money."
Minister Humphreys extended her deepest condolences to Tracy on the death of her son, apologised for the letter which she described as being 'tone deaf' and said she had spoken with her officials to ensure it does not happen again.
Photo: Tracy McGinnis and her son Brendan Bjorn