Councillors ‘missed the bus’ in late intervention in transport row

Carrick on Suir councillors accused of doing a solo run to protect the Dublin bus route from the town rounded on collegues who they said had missed the bus by months.

Carrick on Suir councillors accused of doing a solo run to protect the Dublin bus route from the town rounded on collegues who they said had missed the bus by months.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, at a meeting of Tipperary County Council, hit out at members of Carrick Municipal District for going alone to the National Transport Authority about the issue. She said they should have included other elected reresentatives in the affected areas in South Tipperary and Kilkenny to make a stronger case.

Cllr. Ambrose and her Fianna Fail collegue Cllr. Michael Anglim had a motion tabled on the matter at the May meeting but the Carrick councillors said noting would have been achieved if they had to sit around waiting for others to act.

Cllr. Kieran Burke (Indpt) and Cllr. David Dunne (SF) took offence to the criticism and defended their move to make representations to the NTA.

Cllr. Ambrose said the possible closure of the route would affect Clonmel, Fethard, Cahir and Clogheen as well as parts of Kilkenny and it would have been better if Carrick had included representatives from those areas to make a stronger case.

She said the Carrick delegation that met with the relevant authorities on the matter should have included public representatives from all those areas. It was regrettable that such a meeting had taken place without the impact of involving a bigger group, she added.

The Clonmel councillor said a lot of people were using the using the Dublin services from the towns and villages of South Tipperary to avail of treatment for cancer, to attend college and for business and leisure.

Cllr. Anglim said people would be lost without the service.

Cllr. Bourke said he welcomed the two councillors’ very late intervention on the matter. The issue had been discussed in Carrick last January and the silence from others over the last four months had been deafening.

He said the Carrick councillors had worked extremely hard to protect the bus service and the NTA and Minister were written to over three months ago.

Cllr. Dunne said he was disappointed at his fellow councillors, Ambrose and Anglim, who he said should have had the decency to ring one of their own colleagues in Carrick.

Cllr. Dunne said the Carrick councillors were working on the matter for months.

A working group had been formed and 1,000 signatures collected, he told the meeting.