Sinn Féin councillors on both sides of the border have called on an intervention from both the Irish government and the Assembly to protect viable Lough Swilly bus routes.
Derry Sinn Féin Councillor Hassan said,
“Lough Swilly Bus Company has been in existence for over 100 years providing a service between Derry and Donegal. The closure of the company will be a massive blow to the entire region.
“Derry has been the main shopping and recreation area for people from Donegal especially the Inishowen region, while Donegal has been a favourite holiday destination for people from Derry.
“This service has survived through the partition, when Donegal was separated from its natural hinterland, through the worst excesses of the conflict when the border was sealed or the buses had to manouevre through military checkpoints.
Sinn Féin Donegal councillor Jack Murray added,
“There will be a knock-on effect to both counties with the loss of the Lough Swilly service. Both the Irish Government and the Assembly needs to move to protect the viable routes at the very least.
“It is important that we work to ensure that there is a regular affordable service between Derry and Donegal.
“I will be asking our Assembly members and TDs in Donegal to raise it at the highest levels including the North South Ministerial Council.”