Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD has called on Bus Éireann CEO Martin Nolan to appear before the Oireachtas transport committee. Deputy Dooley made the call after it emerged the company plans to cut up to 100 rural bus services.
Deputy Dooley commented, “I have requested the chairman of the Oireachtas Transport & Communications Committee to invite Bus Éireann CEO Martin Nolan to appear before the committee to answer questions regarding his plans to slash up to 100 rural bus services.
“Many rural communities across Ireland have already had to endure a long list of cuts to vital local services. This latest announcement by Bus Éireann will see many areas being cut off entirely from towns and cities. Any further cutback to bus services will have severe negative social and economic repercussions and cannot be allowed to proceed. It is unacceptable that any community in Ireland would be left without access to its nearest large town.
“Bus Éireann has played an important role in bridging the divide between rural and urban communities. The company is funded by the taxpayer to ensure that it provides a vital transport service for communities where private operators have been reluctant to step in. As a public funded company, Bus Éireann has a responsibility to continue providing vital access for rural communities across Ireland.
“I am calling on Mr Nolan to appear before the committee to answer questions about this proposal. It is ill thought out and will disproportionately impact on rural communities. The cutback cannot be allowed to proceed.”