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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Burton accuses FF of scaremongering over free travel

Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30

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Willie O'Dea,TD,Fianna Fail spokesperson on Social Protection, Senators Mary White and Averil  Power and Timmy Dooley,TD meet the media at Leinster House yesterday ahead of the Fianna Fail motion  last night calling for the immediate suspension of a review of the free travel pass. Picture: Tom Burke
Willie O'Dea,TD,Fianna Fail spokesperson on Social Protection, Senators Mary White and Averil Power and Timmy Dooley,TD meet the media at Leinster House yesterday ahead of the Fianna Fail motion last night calling for the immediate suspension of a review of the free travel pass. Picture: Tom Burke

Labour Party Leader Joan Burton has insisted free travel passes for elderly people will not be cut.

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A Department of Social Protection review of free travel cards sparked fears pensioners would lose the entitlement.

But yesterday, Ms Burton said: "I want to say loud and clear here tonight, this Government has protected the free travel scheme for beneficiaries in all of its Budgets to date.

"There is no threat for older people, pure and simple."

Fianna Fail tabled a motion last night calling for the immediate suspension of the review. FF's Willie O'Dea said: "Given the recent medical card fiasco, it has become evident that the Government uses these reviews as a means of restricting entitlements."

However, Tanaiste Ms Burton dismissed the Fianna Fail motion as "scaremongering" aimed at politicising the free travel scheme.

Irish Independent

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