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To: The Irish Government

Free Travel for People With Epilepsy in Ireland

Free Travel for People With Epilepsy in Ireland

We are petitioning the Irish government to make Free Travel available for people with epilepsy in Ireland who are ineligible to drive for the period of time that they are off the road.

The Free Travel Scheme is not currently available to people with epilepsy. It is administered by the Department of Social Protection as part of certain social welfare payments.

- We want free travel to be recognised as a standalone entitlement which can be assessed separately.

Why is this important?

- The costs of public transport poses hardship to many people with epilepsy who are not eligible for Disability Allowance or any other payment which Free Travel is attached to.

- The Free Travel Pass would enable people who have been told they cannot drive for a minimum period to stay economically active and compensate them for the added costs of public transport.

- This would make a huge difference to supporting people with epilepsy in travelling to work, retaining employment and improving overall quality of life.

- Travel concessions for people with epilepsy are available in other countries and there should be similar provisions here.

- Successive governments have not delivered on the issue of free travel despite intense lobbying from organisations - we need public support on this issue!

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Reasons for signing

  • I have epilepsy and I think people who have that condition should b entitled to the free travel epilepsy is a disability as well
  • I have suffered with epilepsy since I was a child. My parents and now I have to travel for treatment and it adds up.
  • I personally feel this is a serious issue. It has been brought to government for over 70 years by Epilepsy Ireland. Now is our time to act as a community and demand our rights are respected!

Updates

2019-03-30 19:53:10 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-03-28 18:02:27 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-03-28 16:58:20 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-03-28 16:05:47 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-03-28 15:42:21 +0000

10 signatures reached