T.D.'s SPEAK OUT AGAINST BUS ROUTE CUTS
Munster based Labour TDs Sean Sherlock and Brian O’Shea have joined forces to prevent plans for what they described as ‘the complete obliteration of bus services’ across counties Cork and Waterford by Bus Eireann.
The Labour duo are to table a joint motion before the Dail calling for immediate intervention to prevent the axing of vital bus services that will leave hundreds of people cut off from accessing basic goods and services.
“There are people across our constituencies who will be left completely stranded as a result of the move. Both our offices have been inundated with calls from people using the service who are understandably very distressed,” said Deputy Sherlock.
“Many of the areas serviced by the Dungarvan to Mallow bus route have already lost banks and post offices leaving people with no choice but to travel. This is a callous move by Bus Eireann that will obliterate bus services in rural areas,” he added.
Sources have confirmed that the Monday, Thursday and Saturday service from Dungarvan to Mallow is to be completely discontinued while they are also real fears for similar services operated in other parts of the county.
However, both Deputy Sean Sherlock and Deputy Brian O’Shea are now looking into the existence of an agreement that obligates the state to ensure transport services in areas previously served by the railway line.
“We believe there is some form of agreement that was drawn up when the railways closed down to ensure people still had access to transport. We are looking into this and will do our utmost to retain this vital service,” insisted Sean Sherlock.
Thursday 4th June 7:29pm