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Epilepsy Ireland to meet with Minister for Social Protection on Free Travel.

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Minister Heather Humphreys and background of Bus Lane

Epilepsy Ireland have recently written to the Minister for Social Protection regarding her Department’s ongoing assessment of our proposals to improve access to the Free Travel scheme for people with epilepsy.

Many of our members, supporters and volunteers will be families that we have been awaiting a final report from the Department regarding our proposals for some time – with many deadlines passed without the report being finalised or published.

In recent weeks – in advance of the upcoming budget and indeed, in advance of the International Epilepsy Congress which is taking place in Dublin – we wrote to the Minister seeking an update regarding our proposals, and indeed highlighting our disappointment that there has not been any concrete update for several months. We also highlighted once again how this issue continues to impact people with epilepsy daily, and how we feel the proposals that we have put forward are the most logical solution to addressing this longstanding matter for people with epilepsy.

Our correspondence to the Minister can be read and downloaded at the end of this article.

We are pleased that the Minister has been in touch to arrange a meeting with Epilepsy Ireland on this matter over the coming weeks. We hope that this meeting will be productive and will potentially present a way forward on this most important issue.

We will provide further updates on our website and social media channels after the meeting.

To learn more about this ongoing campaign and to read our proposals in detail, visit the ‘Advocacy’ section of our website.