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    • satisfy the blindness condition for the Blind Pension, or

    • are registered as a blind person with either the National Council for the Blind of Ireland or the National League of the Blind of Ireland,

  • You are getting one of the qualifying payments on page 17 and you are certified by either the Irish Wheelchair Association or by your GP as being a permanent wheelchair user,

  • You are getting full-time care and attention from someone who is getting Carer’s Allowance from this Department. To qualify for a companion pass based on this condition, you must be entitled to a Free Travel Pass in your own right. See conditions for free travel on pages 4, 5 and 6.

Free Travel Companion Pass for a visually-impaired child:

A visually impaired child will qualify for a Free Travel Companion Pass if they are under age 18 and either they:

  • satisfy the blindness condition for a Blind Pension, or

  • are registered with the National Council for the Blind or the National League of the Blind of Ireland.

Parent or Guardian:

You must return the child’s Free Travel Companion Pass to Free Travel Section if:

  • the child’s eyesight improves and they no longer satisfy either of the conditions above,

  • the child no longer lives permanently in the State,

  • the child changes address (when you return the Free Travel Pass you will get a new pass for the child with the new address).

Only the child named on the Free Travel Companion Pass can use it, they cannot give it to another person to use.

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