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Ferris calls for increase in night time rural transport

8 November, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Rural Development, Martin Ferris TD has called for extra resources to be devoted to providing public transport in rural areas at night time. Deputy Ferris made his comments in the course of responding to remarks by a Fine Gael Councillor on people drinking and driving in rural parts of the country.

Deputy Ferris said: "While Councillor Fitzgerald's remarks must be deplored if they are to be seen as in any way condoning the practice of drinking and driving, it does highlight a continuing reality of rural life and emphasise the need for public transport to be made available at night time to facilitate social activities. This issue was also raised by Macra na Feirme who have called for something along the lines of the Dublin Nitelink service to be introduced into rural areas.

"I believe that there is considerable merit in this and that Bus Eireann be given the resources to research and implement such a service which would have a massive impact in many rural communities, not alone in decreasing the likelihood of people drinking and driving but in reviving social links." ENDS

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