McEntee re-assures Meath OAPs that Free Travel Pass in not in jeopardy

Friday, 20th January 2017
“I want to reassure older people in Meath that despite media
speculation this week at national level, no changes to the free travel
pass are planned. I want to further state to my older constituents
and those with disabilities that as Minister for Mental Health and
Older People this an issue of fundamental importance for me as a local
T.D. and Minister. The free travel pass is an essential lifeline for
so many people. This is an issue that myself and the relevant senior
Minister, Leo Varadkar T.D. in Social Protection, have discussed and
are in total agreement on. He and I share the concern and worry that
the false and misleading media reports caused for older people in
Meath and nationally” Minister Helen McEntee has stated.

“The Government currently allocates €80 million annually to this
scheme which provides free travel for those with eligibility on the
main public and private transport services including road, rail and
ferry services provided by companies such as Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann,
Iarnród Éireann, Luas and services provided by over 80 private
transport operators. Fine Gael in Government is determined to use our
strong economy to benefit those who need it most and we are working to
continue improving the quality of life for people and communities all
across Meath, especially those in rural area” stated Minister McEntee.



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