Fianna Fáil TD for Louth, Declan Breathnach, has questioned the Taoiseach on the fact that over 700 people, deemed unable to drive either by their medical professional or the Road Safety Authority (RSA) do not qualify for the Free Travel Scheme.

Deputy Breathnach raised the issue in Dáil Éireann and asked the Taoiseach to commit in the forthcoming budget to giving these citizens the free travel pass.

Deputy Breathnach explained, “The National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI), highlighted the glaring anomaly at a recent Oireachtas briefing. The individuals are categorised as being unable to drive a propelled vehicle due to varying degrees of sight impairment, either by their doctor or under the regulations of the RSA.

“These people are not over the age of 66 and so are not automatically entitled to the free travel pass, the various stipulations and rules associated with discretionary travel pass means that they miss out and are left in limbo.

“I believe they should be entitled to a free travel pass and I was glad to hear the Taoiseach say it was a fair idea. I understand he will work with Cabinet colleagues to examine the feasibility of providing these people with a free travel pass and I will continue to press for a positive outcome”, concluded Deputy Breathnach.