Speaking in the Dáil tonight on a motion to protect the Free Travel Scheme as a universal benefit for those over 66 years of age, Sinn Féin deputy, Martin Ferris, said it was one of the better social welfare decisions taken in this state.
Deputy Ferris said that it recognised that the “quality of life is greatly diminished by being immobilised and improved by being mobile”.
He went on: “There seems to be a mood around that cabinet table which dictates that anything which might make life a bit easier for vulnerable people is fair game for a cut.
“I urge that the Free Travel Scheme be fully supported and retained in its current form as a universal benefit to all people aged 66 and over.
“It is clearly the right thing to do,” he added.