Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says Bus Eireann’s decision to cut the Dublin to Derry route will result in a loss of service to passengers in Monaghan.  The route, which stops at Monaghan bus station, will have a major impact on students, commuters and passengers travelling to parts of Donegal and Dublin.

Deputy Smyth explained, “This move by Bus Eireann will have serious repercussions for passengers in Monaghan, many of whom use this service on a weekly basis.  The Transport Minister has serious questions to answer – his complete lack of engagement with the company and his failure to acknowledge the severe financial difficulties that Bus Eireann has been facing over the past twelve months is inexcusable.  Now passengers are paying the price for his complete mismanagement of the situation.

“Minister Ross has adopted a hands-off approach as the financial crisis at the company escalates.  There are serious structural issues, including problems with the current licencing system, which the Minister has completely ignored.  There also needs to be a review of the current Expressway routes so that struggling routes are brought into the PSO.  None of these issues will be resolved without input from Minister Ross.

“Passengers in Monaghan will be left in the lurch and will be forced to rely on other operators once the Bus Eireann service is cancelled at the end of May.  Minister Ross is more than happy to comment on issues outside of his transport remit but is reluctant to get to grips with a crisis that is on his doorstep.  This is simply not good enough and it is time for the Minister to face up to his responsibilities”.