Cathaoirleach of the Dáil Committee on Rural and Community Development, Denis Naughten, has welcomed the allocation of €160,000 to fund three vehicles for community-based organisations in Ballinasloe, Mountbellew and Roscommon Town.
Denis Naughten said: “The funding provided under the 2021 CLÁR programme by Minister Heather Humphreys will support the vital cancer patient transport service operated by East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support in Ballinasloe and ensure that people with mobility issues within the Mountbellew and Roscommon areas have access to vital local services.”
He added: “While this funding is very welcome it must not take away from the responsibility of the Department of Health and the HSE to provide rapid local access to cancer services where medically possible without patients having to travel long distances to avail of treatment.
“In addition, over the last year we have had the ongoing problem with the disabled drivers’ scheme and both the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant schemes for people with a disability have been suspended for the last decade.
“It is important that the Minister for Finance provides funding in the forthcoming Budget to ensure that any person with a disability, regardless of where they live, has access to a transport service,” concluded Denis Naughten.
|County||Organisation||Project Details||Amount of CLÁR funding approved|
|GALWAY||East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support||Purchase of Vehicle||€42,930.00|
|GALWAY||Ability West Mountbellew||Bus with adaption||€54,000.00|
|ROSCOMMON||Brothers of Charity-Mid Roscommon||Purchase of Wheelchair Accessible Bus||€63,895.00|