All-Ireland Free Travel was a Sinn Féin demand
Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP and Assembly election candidate Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the long-overdue introduction of free travel for elderly people on an all-Ireland basis.
Ms Gildernew said:
"When Sinn Fein published our Charter for Older People 'Forget Me Not' last year the introduction of all-Ireland free travel was one of our key demands.
"Sinn Féin is committed to breaking down the barriers and borders that restrict and frustrate older people having active lives and playing their full role within our society.
"While this is welcome many older people, particularly in rural communities, will say with justification that we now need to see a commitment to deliver a transport network, a public transport network, that can be an essential component in battling isolation.
"However, it is clear that while this step is welcome we need to take a much more comprehensive approach in meeting the needs of our older people. It means addressing issues such as the threat to our Post Offices, it means 4equal access to health services and fundamentally it means a wider look at why so many of our older people are living with poverty." ENDS