'But then again. Will anyone even knock at all?'

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By Claire Anderson

A young mother living in Castlebar has penned an emotional letter to the politicians she has "yet to meet".

Activist Ruairí McKiernan has organised a crowdfunding page for her, which you can read along with her letter here.

He says, "a young single mother I know from her work as a mental health ambassador is in urgent need of our help.

"She is living in poverty in the Taoiseach's home town and doesn't have enough funds for food, heat and health care."

This woman is anonymous but McKiernan has said she lives just fifteen minutes from the home of Enda Kenny and is putting her young child to bed at night "with two pairs of socks on and a hat".

She says, "I’ll tell them that I have rang over twenty private practitioners in the county and how each of them charge amounts that I can certainly not afford while living on the poverty-line.

"And that in order for us to do so, we will have to cut our grocery shopping costs in half and say goodbye to heat entirely.

"I’ll then ask them to explain to me how the slogan “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going” is justifiable when the people on the ground in the Taoiseach’s own constituent are being denied access to basic health recovery.

"But then again. Will anyone even knock at all?"

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