Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, Éamon Ó Cuív, has said the current process to appeal decisions made on Primary Medical Cert applications are causing needless disruption to applicants. Currently, those appealing the outcome on an application are required to travel to Dublin for an in-person review of their application.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “It is totally unsatisfactory that people who appeal a decision to refuse them a Primary Medical Certificate have to go to Dublin for an appointment to be reviewed, particularly in view of the fact that to be eligible for the scheme, a person has to be disabled.

“Most Appeals Offices, including the Department of Employment and Social Affairs, run appeals on a local basis. However, appeals on the refusal of the Primary Medical Certificate, which is a tax relief for drivers with a disability, are held in Dublin. The only place outside of Dublin that these appeals are held is Cork City. The West is completely ignored in this regard.

“Taking into account that to be eligible for the Primary Medical Certificate, a person has to have a very severe disability, it seems unreasonable that at the very least, appointments for appeals cannot be held in the major hospitals around the country and in the case of Galway, in Galway University Hospital.

I will continue to press this matter as there is an urgent need for more humanity in the implementation of schemes and an understanding of the difficulties people face,” concluded Deputy Ó Cuív.