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All Ireland free travel for pensioners

27 September, 2004

Sinn Fein West Belfast MLA Fra McCann, who is also the Assembly spokesperson on senior citizens, has welcomed the announcement by both the Dublin and British Government that they are considering extending the free public transport policy for pensioners across the whole islands.

Fra McCann said:

"Senior citizens are at greater risk from suffering from isolation so therefore it is essential that they do have access to accessible, safe transport. They are major users of public transport, as many do not have access to a car.

"Extending free public transport for pensioners throughout the island, will ensure that barriers to accessing services, employment and volunteering, educational, recreational and social opportunities are removed hence enhancing social inclusion in all aspects of our community.

"It is also essential that there is ministerial responsibility which specifically deals with the rights and entitlements of senior citizens. In order to drive decision making as a means of taking action across all departments, in order to put the rights of the senior citizens at the very heart of decision making." ENDS

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