Irish Rural Link Call for more Investment in Rural Transport following Drink Driving Bill being passed in Dáil
Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities are cautiously welcoming today’s passing of the new Drink Driving Bill in the Dáil.
While we welcome that this Bill will go some way towards reducing the number of deaths on our roads, it has really highlighted how much people in rural areas are dependent on a car to get them places due to the complete lack of a robust public transport system.
IRL welcome the extension of the Local Link services to evenings and weekends, but this is a pilot scheme with a very short timeframe. Also, it is not servicing every town and village nor some of the more rural counties.
While we understand that a bus cannot go down every by road, there needs to be more supports for a rural car or hackney scheme for communities so people can access some form of transport. The Bill doesn’t just impact on people going to the pub but also can impact on them the morning after driving to work or college.
IRL are calling for real investment by Government to be now made in rural transport – and a range of appropriate transport models for areas to ensure people do not become further isolated or further removed from employment and other services.