Carrick bus service threat - meeting with Minister sought

Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council’s elected members are to seek a meeting with Transport Minister Paschal O’Donohoe to urge him to save Carrick-on-Suir’s Bus Eireann service to Dublin.

Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council’s elected members are to seek a meeting with Transport Minister Paschal O’Donohoe to urge him to save Carrick-on-Suir’s Bus Eireann service to Dublin.

Cllr Kieran’s Bourke proposal for a deputation from the Council to seek a meeting with the Minister received unanimous approval at the local authority’s monthly meeting last Thursday

He also proposed that the Council invite a representative from the National Transport Authority to attend a meeting of the local authority to hear the view of local public representatives about the importance of retaining the bus services linking Carrick with the capital.

Cllr Bourke told the meeting Camphill Community representatives met with a government minister in Leinster House last Wednesday, February 25 and highlighted the importance of the service to them. Camphill Community members use the Carrick/Dublin bus service daily to travel to and from Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

He said there was a huge onus on the Government to provide a bus service between Carrick-on-Suir and Dublin and a subsidised service should be provided if necessary.

Fellow Carrick-on-Suir Cllr David Dunne (SF) called for the Council’s six public representatives to unite behind the campaign.

And he proposed that a public meeting be organised to highlight the need to save the Carrick/Dublin bus service. All local councillors and Oireachtas members could attend and representatives from Bus Eireann and the NTA would be invited to hear the views of local people.

Bus Eireann announced last week it was delaying implementation of the drastic cuts to bus services linking Carrick-on-Suir and four South Tipperary villages with Dublin pending the outcome of an investigation into whether some of the bus services earmarked for closing could be saved.