Fianna Fáil’s Disability Spokesperson, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has welcomed the confirmation from the Government that medical card earnings disregard for persons in receipt of Disability Allowance is to be increased.

From the 1st December 2018, the medical card earnings disregard for persons in receipt of Disability Allowance will be significantly increased, from €120 to €427 per week and will apply to the assessment process for both single persons and to family assessments.

“This is incredibly positive news, and makes total sense. If we are to support people with disabilities to get back into the workforce, it needs to not have an impact on their entitlement to a medical card.

“Many people have historically been concerned that going back to work, even on a part time basis, would result in them losing their medical card.

“For a person with a disability, the medical card is essential due to their need for extra visits to GPs or hospitals.

“Entering the workforce, where suitable, is a really powerful way of improving a person with a disability’s confidence.

“Fianna Fáil supports this change, and looks forward to seeing more people with disabilities make the move back into employment,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.