Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on Minister Joan Burton to give a clear public commitment that the free travel scheme will not be cut or restricted.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking today after it was announced that the minister is to review the scheme.
“Last week the Minister for Health caused huge unnecessary anguish for people with disabilities who feared they would lose their Personal Assistants. He left them to worry for five days.
“This week pensioners across the country are worrying that they will lose their ability to travel freely. How long will the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton leave them in this fear of isolation.
“This morning the minister said she ‘values the scheme’. However that is not good enough and I am calling on her to give a clear public commitment today that the free travel scheme will not be cut or restricted.
“As I understand restricting peak times is being considered. I would remind the Minister that most older people avoid travel at peak times and if they do travel at peak time it’s because they have a medical appointment or another important reason to be travelling at that time.”