Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has once again expressed his sheer frustration at the lack of progress being made on a replacement scheme for the Mobility Allowance & Motorised Transport Grant.
He was speaking after receiving another Parliamentary Reply on the issue, which failed to give any clear commitment as to when the new scheme will be announced.
Deputy McConalogue explained, “Three years ago, the Government closed the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant to new applicants. Since then no effort has been made by Ministers to devise a replacement scheme for people with disabilities who are unable to use public transport. It’s extremely frustrating that no movement has been made on this issue and it’s disheartening to see the same reply coming back time and time again.
“It is even more frustrating for those who would’ve previously qualified for the old schemes; they have simply been left with nothing to help aid them in their day-to-day lives.
“The old schemes supported some of the most vulnerable people in society, but they are being left behind as they continue to wait for an announcement.
“Minister’s Harris and McGrath need to get their heads together and rectify this long standing issue once and for all. I will continue to put pressure on them to ensure that action is taken”.