Senator Marc Mac Sharry said the latest cuts to public transport in the North West are further evidence that this government is marginalising rural Ireland.
The Sligo Senator was commenting on news that Bus Éireann has been given the go ahead to cut the 22 & 23 routes. It means that there will no longer be a bus service through Dromod & Rooskey.
Senator Mac Sharry said, “This is further evidence of this government’s blatant disregard for the people of rural Ireland. These latest cuts mean that this area will be further marginalised, the community further isolated and that the people will be denied access to public buses to towns like Carrick-on-Shannon, Sligo and others.
“With cuts to the disadvantaged area (DAS) payment, ongoing cuts to our local health services, the closure of local garda stations, cuts to rural schools, the Sligo-Dublin rail service and now our bus services, this government seems relentless in its determination to wipe out the very soul of rural & regional Ireland.
“I am calling on the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to immediately intervene to ensure that all villages in Ireland have access to adequate public bus services and to reverse the current decision allowing Bus Éireann to abandon the people of Dromod & Rooskey. They cannot be allowed to simply cherry pick where they choose to provide services.
“With this Government’s record in shutting down rural Ireland, people in the North West can legitimately ask, what other basic rights are now under threat?”