Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that she is concerned at the inability of the National Transport Authority to provide figures for the number of buses in West Cork that are wheelchair accessible.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting after receiving a Parliamentary Reply from the NTA following a question she asked recently.

“A number of people who rely on wheelchair accessible buses have been in touch with me to say more and more of the buses they want to take are not suitable for them and their wheelchairs,” said the Fianna Fáil Disability Spokesperson.

“It’s disappointing that the NTA cannot tell me how many local buses in West Cork are wheelchair-accessible. It also seems to me that it’s hit and miss as to which bus service will use a wheelchair accessible bus.

“The NTA did inform me that it is their intention to move to single deck, low floor buses for bus services for less than 50km in distance. This needs to be rolled out far quicker.

“We have an obligation on ensuring that people who use wheelchairs in West Cork can avail of public transport options. They pay taxes just like everyone else,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.