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Government criticised over failure to provide all-Ireland travel scheme for pensioners

27 October, 2004

Sinn  Féin  TD  and  spokesperson  on Transport, Seán Crowe today challenged the Taoiseach  and  Government in the Dáil today on their failure to put in place an all-Ireland travel scheme for pensioners.  He said there were no excuses for the continued delay.

Deputy Crowe, speaking during Taoiseachs Questions said, "One of the commitments in  the Programme for Government under the heading 'Working for Peace' is to put in  place  an  all-Ireland travel scheme for pensioners resident in all parts of the  island.  Where  does  that  stand?  This  is  a  relatively straightforward provision so why is it taking so long to be implemented?

"If  we are serious about breaking down barriers, real or imagined, and building bridges across the border then there are no excuses for the continued delay.  If money  is  not an obstacle as the Taoiseach has claimed then we need to have the whole process speeded up considerably."

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