Appalling lack of facilities for people with disabilities – Munster
Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Imelda Munster, today questioned the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, on the lack of services available on public transport for people with disabilities. She also pressed him on future plans to invest in transport services for people with disabilities.
"Access is limited or non-existent in many parts of the country and on many routes. Rural areas are particularly poorly served by public transport which can have a detrimental effect on the well-being of people with disabilities.
“This is an appalling situation, and one I am sure would be deemed unacceptable in other countries. I know that the Minister is new in his position, but I want to know if he intends to rubber-stamp the poor decisions and mean-spirited austerity of his predecessors, or if he intends to invest in these vital services.
“Constituents of mine in Louth/Meath East have told me that they have major difficulties with travel, with some having to indicate to bus services 24 hours in advance that they wish to travel, and some having to justify their intention to travel to the bus driver. Often, despite jumping through these ridiculous hoops, people with disabilities find themselves left on the side of the road. This is a bizarre situation, and one that needs to be tackled by the Minister as a matter of priority.”