Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has said it is deeply disappointing that the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has failed to rule out any cuts or changes to the free travel scheme.
Deputy McConalogue made the comments as concern grows in Donegal about the future of the scheme.
“The Government has engaged a major review of the free travel pass, a scheme which has enormous value to older people in Donegal and across the country.
“The fact that this review is taking place and the Government is providing no information or guarantees is a cause for concern among older people.
“The free travel scheme has been of huge benefit to thousands of people for many years. So many people depend on it and my party and I will certainly oppose any attempt by this Government to cut it. I am calling on Fine Gael and Labour TDs to make a pledge to do the same.
“The minister has insisted that the Government places a high value on the free travel scheme. If that truly is the case, she should put this issue to bed once and for all by ruling out any cuts whatsoever.”