Fianna Fáil TD in Dublin Bay North, Sean Haughey has said that the Free Travel Scheme is a simple measure that has a profound impact for the almost one million pensioners, people with disabilities, and those in receipt of social welfare payments nationwide who benefit from it.

The Deputy was making his comments on the 50th anniversary of the scheme which was introduced by a former Fianna Fáil Government under the then Minister for Finance, Charles Haughey TD.

“Over the course of the past five decades, the Free Travel Pass has ensured that senior citizens and people with disabilities remained able to travel around their community, and also around Ireland,” he commented.

“This is an essential social protection support for many and enables those who rely on it to retain their independence and participate in their communities. In many ways, it also helps to prevent loneliness and isolation.

“We must remain vigilant to ensure that restrictions to the scheme are not introduced or that any attempt to introduce a fee-based system is resolutely opposed. It is important too that the Minister does his utmost to fully protect this scheme and avoids increasing the fears of those who rely on this life-line,” concluded the Deputy.