Thursday, 26 May 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
121. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the golden trekker free rail travel scheme for visitors aged 66 years and older will be made available in 2011. [13159/11]
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Following a comprehensive review of the costs and benefits of the 2010 pilot Golden Trekker scheme it was decided not to extend the scheme into 2011. While the scheme was a useful once-off initiative and helped to generate publicity for Ireland and the value now available here, the analysis by the agencies involved concluded that an extension of the pilot scheme would not be justified given the costs, benefits and resources available.
However, as part of the ongoing positive commitment from Iarnród Éireann to tourism I was pleased to announce yesterday that senior citizens from overseas will be able to travel anywhere within the Iarnród Éireann network for a maximum fare of €26.
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