Emily O’Reilly, Ombudsman, is not giving up on trying to get the Dept. of Health to respect the laws of land. Seems that the DOH are of the opinion that it's ok to ignore the law on the basis that they may not be able to afford to comply with it. The issue mobility allowances for disabled people.
Extending mobility allowance could cost extra €100m
"THE extension of the mobility allowance to eligible people over 66 years of age would cost more than €100m a year. The estimate was made by the Department of Health after it confirmed it was seeking legal advice following a report by Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly that the age cap had been illegally imposed for 12 years. The means-tested allowance is paid to 4,500 people with severe disability aged 16 to 66 to use on transport such as a taxi."
"The Ombudsman has again criticised the Department of Health for failing to comply with the Equal Status Acts. In the latest report, on the motorised transport grant, Ms O’Reilly commented that “there can be no justification for allowing this disregard for the law to continue. We are a society ruled by law.”
However, the department has rejected her recommendation that the definition of disability for the grant be broadened. As in the case of the mobility allowance, it says acceptance of this recommendation would have serious financial implications for the State."
“Disregarding of the law can never be the ‘right thing’ for citizens or for Government departments.”- Emily O’Reilly
Keep fighting the good fight Emily!
PS - A letter in today's IT We would call on all who can, to please add their voice for those who cannot.
Department of Health 'disregarding law'