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Government needs to clarify position on Rural Transport Network – Ellis

15 June, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin’s Transport Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the Minister for Transport to clarify the government’s position on the Rural Transport Network due to fears by many service providers that’s there is to be a cut to funding on a dramatic scale.

The Deputy said:

“I have been contacted by a number of people working in the Rural Transport Network who have very grave concerns for the funding of the service and feel completely in the dark in terms of their positions in the next twelve months and onwards.

“This service is a vital link to older people and those with disabilities who require assistance in getting to urban centres to do errands and socialise. It is essential to the maintenance of rural communities and local businesses which see marked improvements in returns when the service is operating.

“It cannot be the case that these people who rely on this service to combat isolation and mobility issues should lose it having already borne the brunt of cuts in frontline services they depend on most.

“I ask that the Minister clarify the position and meet with Rural Transport providers to hear their concerns and make them aware of the plans arising from the review of the network initiated by the last government.”

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