€155,500 has been secured for mobility and cancer care transport in Clare, Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has confirmed.

Deputy Carey said the CLÁR programme funding will support the purchase and fit-out of four modified vehicles to transport people for medical services.

€38,140 will go towards the purchase of a 9 seat modified vehicle for Sláinte an Chláir cancer support services. €67,360 has been allocated for the purchase of two wheelchair accessible buses for the Clare branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The remaining €50,000 is for a wheelchair accessible vehicle for Enable Ireland Disability services in Glendree, Feakle and Lahinch.

“The funding will facilitate transport to and from designated cancer treatment centres under the National Cancer Care Programme. It will also help transport people with significant mobility issues, including those requiring specialised wheelchair accessible vehicles, to day-care or other medical, therapeutic or respite services,” Deputy Carey explained.

“This funding will provide vehicles that will enable people living in rural areas to travel to medical care or respite centres free of charge.

“The difference the provision of these vehicles will make to the lives of families in remote rural areas in Clare who have to attend day care or medical services is incalculable. Having access to a wheelchair accessible vehicle in your area can mean the difference between being able to avail of day care, respite and other services, or being confined to home,” he concluded.