Lowry to support Govt in Dail vote on medical cards

Michael Lowry is to support the Government in tonight's Dáil vote on medical cards, it emerged this evening.

In a statement, the Independent TD said that spite of anger amongst his constituents, he had decided that it was better to work with the Government for change than to take the easy option and walk away.

Deputy Lowry said that, after a meeting with Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, he had received written commitments that the improved thresholds for the over-70s medical-card scheme would not only be maintained, but would be reviewed annually to take cost of living increases into account.

He said he also received a firm written commitment that current rules governing entitlement to free schemes for the elderly, such as the free travel, would continue in their present form.

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