Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1509)

Michael Healy-Rae


1509. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a matter (details supplied) in relation to identification for public service workers will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35567/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My officials have been in contact with An Post who act as issuing agent for licence fee collection. An Post confirmed that Inspectors do not have braille ID, and advised that this issue has not been raised with any of their Inspectors. It is worth noting also that some persons who are legally blind may qualify for free licences under the household benefits scheme administered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Where individuals are recorded on the TV Licence database as qualifying for free licences, no inspection visits are necessary.