Burton accuses FF of scaremongering over free travel
Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30
Labour Party Leader Joan Burton has insisted free travel passes for elderly people will not be cut.
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.