Michael Moynihan TD Welcomes New Duhallow Rural Transport Routes, Services

May 5th, 2010

Cancellation ‘unacceptable’, would leave older people, rural towns and communities ‘high and dry’

Deputy Michael Moynihan has welcomed the decision by IRD Duhallow to establish a pilot route for Duhallow Rural Transport from Rockchapel to Cork City servicing Ballydesmond, Kiskeam, Boherbue, Clonbanin, Ballymacquirke, Banteer, Lyre, Nadd, Donoughmore and Stuac City.
‘address the gap in service for North Cork communities resulting from the recent cancellation of Bus Eireann service from Tralee to Cork.
‘These Bus Éireann Routes provide vital services, particularly to students, to people without cars and especially, to older residents in isolated areas. I understand the need of any business to rationalise costs during tough economic times, but other ways to save money must be found that don’t maximise profit at the expense of the isolated and the vulnerable.
‘The Government, in recognition of the particular needs of older people to maintain their social connections and access medical, social and other resources, does its part in providing Free Travel Passes to the elderly and the disabled allowing them to access public transport free of charge, but these are of no use where there is no public transport to utilise.
‘These short-sighted changes are unacceptable and leave older people, students and our rural towns and communities high and dry.
‘I have made strong representations to Bus Éireann on behalf of North Cork residents, calling on them to maintain the Routes that have served this area so well over their years of excellent service and to find other, less Draconian means of controlling costs.’

Michael Moynihan TD
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