Workers Party Councillor Ted Tynan will table an emergency motion at a HSE South Forum meeting at Cork County Hall this
afternoon (Thursday) condemning the government’s decision to abolish both the mobility allowance and motorised
transport grant for people with disabilities and demanding the immediate reversal of the decision.
The HSE South Forum covers all of counties Cork, Kerry, Tipperary South, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford
Cllr. Tynan said that the axing of the grants was cruel and selfish, and he agreed with the comments of the various
disability groups and health professionals who had pointed out the real hardship which this decision will cause to a small
and vulnerable minority.
While noting that both existing schemes, as operated by the Department of Health, had been declared illegal and contrary
to the provisions of the Equal Status Act, a very sensible solution had been
proposed by the Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, namely that the schemes be immediately expanded to candidates over the age of 65.
“I cannot accept the claim by Ministers Reilly or Lynch that they agonised over these cuts before making them. The only real agonising coming from this government comes in relation to cutting the
salaries of senior bankers and government ministers. If they really agonised
over these cruel cuts they would have done the decent thing and not made them”
Issued 28th February 2013