Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Kerry Cllr. Norma Moriarty is hosting a public meeting next Monday, 2nd December to discuss a range of transport issues facing people in Kerry.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism & Sport Marc MacSharry will be a guest speaker on the night.

Cllr. Moriarty explained, “Despite being one of the top visited counties in Ireland, bus services in Kerry have been subject to certain cuts over the past number of years. The service area in the bus station in Killarney was closed for a number of days, before it was forced to reopen this month, albeit still unmanned, such was the demand.

“I believe there have been a number of controversial decisions taken by management in Dublin without due regard to their impact on the ground here in Kerry. A lot of concern has been expressed about the merging of Kerry with Cork in terms of organisational and administrative operations. Many people feel as if Kerry has become the poor relation and is not getting the same service as before.

“Given Kerry’s popularity in terms of tourism and visitor numbers, combined with the vast geographical area of the county, the current transport options fall far short of what is needed.

“I believe we need to see the current bus fleet upgraded, as well as creating more capacity at peak times of the year. Unfortunately Minister Ross is more concerned with matters outside of his remit and is neglecting the very real transport issues that are being experienced by people in Kerry and right around the country.

“I am hoping that this meeting will give people the opportunity to have their say on the transport problems that they face so that we can begin looking at ways to address these issues”, concluded Cllr. Moriarty.