In 2008 around 15,000 people took to the streets of Dublin in a march on Leinster House over the proposed scrapping of the automatic entitlement to medical cards for the over seventies.
Their message was clear - to restore the medical card to all people over the age of 70. In direct response to the protest, the Fianna Fáil, Green and PD coalition government revoked their plans to cut the automatic entitlement.
In this RTÉ News report the then opposition leaders, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore, speak out against the proposed cuts.
An RTÉ News report by Joe Little from Leinster House on 22 October, 2008.