Irish Rural Link- – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is disappointed by Bus Eireann’s announcement that they are planning to cut almost 100 services in rural towns and villages. Bus Eireann plan to cut their daily services from 198 to 105 each day, leaving many rural communities at risk of isolation
Irish Rural Link continues to call for a public enquiry into Bus Eireann to identify which routes are subsidised by public finances, how much each route is receiving and which routes are profitable. Without this information it is difficult to understand the scale of the problem and possible solutions.
Irish Rural Link also continues to call on Government to create an assigned protocol for the closures of rural services such as bus routes, schools, banks, post offices etc. IRL has repeatedly stated that any proposed bus service cuts should only be acted on when a proper socio economic assessment of its impact on the well being of local communities is assessed.
For further information, please contact (anytime):
Seamus Boland (Chief Executive) 0862491153 or James Claffey (Policy and Communication Officer)
About Irish Rural Link:
Irish Rural Link represents the interests of locally based rural groups in disadvantaged and marginalised rural areas by highlighting problems, advocating appropriate policies, sharing experiences and examples of good practice. It has a membership of nearly 500 rural community groups dedicated to sustainable rural development and represents rural communities at a national and international level.