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The top civil servant in the Department of Health will today face questions on the decision to scrap the mobility allowance for people with disabilities.

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin is appearing before the Oireachtas Health Committee, after cutting the allowance which the ombudsman said discriminates against people who are aged over 65.

The Government insists the scheme had to be pulled because it was illegal  – it says it will ringfence money earmarked for the allowance –  while a fairer scheme, that does not discriminate, is introduced.