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Imelda Munster TD calls for Minister Ross to take responsibility for rural transport

21 March, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport, Imelda Munster TD, has today welcomed news that the Minister for Transport intends to assist with the establishment of a committee of Oireachtas members to make recommendations to his department, regarding solutions to difficulties with transport experienced by people in rural areas.

At Committee Stage of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017, Deputy Munster spoke to a Sinn Féin amendment seeking to provide solutions to the ongoing matter of the lack of rural transport.

Deputy Munster said:

“I had called for the Transport Committee to hold a series of meetings with stakeholders to establish the issues facing people living in rural areas regarding transport, and to seek solutions to these problems.

“Further to this, I had called for the committee to produce a report on foot of these meetings, making recommendations, to be laid before the Dáil.

“I think it would be useful to look at the feasibility of expanding existing rural transport schemes, as well as more general funding and taxation measures for transport providers.

“Unfortunately my amendment was not accepted, however when I pressed the Minister this morning he indicated that he was in favour of the establishment of a special committee of Oireachtas members for the purposes of finding solutions to these issues.

“I intend to continue to press the Minister to deliver either an extension of the Rural Transport Programme, or grant aid for transport providers.

“There is an onus on him to deliver for everyone in this state, not just the big cities."

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