Carrick may lose all but one of its bus services to Dublin

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has decided to contact Bus Eireann about reports it plans to significantly cut the number of daily bus services between the town and Dublin.

The Council’s elected members decided at their monthly meeting on Monday to write to the bus company requesting clarification about reports that it plans to reduce its Carrick-on-Suir/ Dublin bus service to just one bus travelling from the town to the capital each morning and one return bus to the town in the evening.

Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan brought the information she received about rumoured bus service cuts to the Council’s attention

She said eight buses currently leave Carrick-on-Suir each day to travel to Dublin and six return from Dublin to Carrick-on-Suir.

“The information I have received is that the service may go down to one bus in the morning and one in the evening,” she outlined.

She urged the Council to write to Bus Eireann to establish its plans and to request that it at least run three prime time daily bus services between Dublin and Carrick-on-Suir.

The Council unanimously supported her proposal and Town Clerk Michael O’Brien agreed to immediately send the letter.

The Nationalist contacted Bus Eireann and put the rumoured bus service cuts Cllr Cooney-Sheehan highlighted to the company.

Its press office issued the following statement in response: “Possible changes to this route are still under consideration with the National Transport Authority (NTA). We have to wait and see what license is approved from the NTA before we can comment any further.”