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Crowe welcomes free all-Ireland travel for pensioners

27 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Social Affairs and Transport spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has welcomed the announcement of a plan to give pensioners free travel on public transport on an all-Ireland basis.

Speaking today Deputy Crowe said, "Free travel for pensioners on an all-Ireland basis has been a priority issue for Sinn Féin for some time now and, while I welcome the announcement of this plan, it is long overdue.

"The coalition's Programme for Government included a commitment to a scheme of all-Ireland free travel for pensioners in all parts of the island of Ireland. Sinn Féin has consistently called for the implementation of the scheme as we feared that it would become yet another one of the Government's empty promises. I have directly pressed Minister Brennan on this issue at every given opportunity.

"This plan provides a fantastic opportunity for pensioners throughout Ireland to travel the length and breadth of the country without worrying about travel costs or the hindrance of the border. It should have been introduced years ago and not used as a gimmick in the run in to a general election." ENDS

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