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Rural services targeted for cuts by Bus Éireann – Doherty

29 January, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Transport, Senator Pearse Doherty has hit out at the proposed cuts by Bus Éireann which will axe around 250 jobs and will see cuts to services on 22 routes across the state with 8 to be discontinued.

Senator Doherty said today:

“From 28th February eight routes will be discontinued completely, 22 routes will be cut back and the process of sacking around 250 workers will begin. But that is not all, in total Bus Éireann plans to alter the frequency or route on around 70 of its services and discontinue another 30 routes in total.

“Today’s proposals from Bus Éireann’s are completely contrary to government’s supposed commitment to public transport.

“Rural areas in particular have been targeted for cuts, the fallout of which will have a direct impact on jobs and will make life even more difficult for those in isolated areas who are most at risk of social exclusion and who depend on public transport to get access to essential facilities and public services.

“Rural communities have been particularly hit by recession and to take such a severe step as to make almost 100 cuts in total to vital public transport will have a devastating impact on the quality of life in these areas.

“I am calling on the Minister for Transport and indeed Green Party leader John Gormley to intervene and to stop these cuts before they take hold. Our public transport system simply cannot take a hit like this.” ENDS

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