Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White says her party will vigorously oppose any attempt to remove free travel from older people.
The Senator was responding to reports today that the free travel scheme is under review by the Government.
Senator White commented: “The free travel pass is a real benefit to older people in leading active lives. Access to transport; whether public, community or personal; plays a big part in enabling older people to lead a normal life on the one hand and avoiding social isolation and loneliness on the other.
“Any attempt to downgrade the scheme can only result in increased social exclusion. Frankly it would be an act of discrimination that would undermine the human rights and potential of older people.
“Earlier this year I prepared a policy document on behalf of Fianna Fáil. In it, we pledged to retain eligibility for free travel at the age of 66 even if the state pension age increases.
“We stand by this commitment and we will strongly resist any attempt to remove free travel from those who currently have it.