The six daily direct public bus services between one of South Tipperary’s largest towns and Dublin are to be axed in March under route cutbacks planned by Bus Éireann, it was revealed last week.
The scrapping of the bus service between Carrick-on-Suir and the capital was condemned by the town’s councillors at the monthly meeting of Carrick Municipal District Council last Thursday.
The Council’s elected members unanimously agreed to write to Transport Minister Paschal Donohue and the National Transport Authority calling for at least three of the Dublin buses serving the town to be retained.
Independent Cllr Kieran Bourke, who brought the issue to the elected Council’s attention, said the Bus Eireann buses travelling between Clonmel and Dublin will also no longer stop in Kilsheelan.
The service will instead proceed onto the Kilkenny road with Grangemockler the first rural stop after Clonmel.
Cllr Bourke, who is a former mayor of Carrick-on-Suir town, revealed the six services would have finished last week only for Bus Éireann had to negotiate the changes with bus drivers’ unions.
“A bus route to the capital city is a basic requirement for any large urban town. I feel we have a duty to fight to retain some of the routes.
“How can it go from six services every day to none. I think it’s totally unacceptable,” he told the Council meeting.
He highlighted how the Bus Éireann services to Dublin were used by Carrick-on-Suir residents for a wide range of purposes.
Locals travelled on the early morning bus service to attend medical appointments in Dublin hospitals like St James’and Beaumont and travelled back to Carrick on the bus the same day.
The service was also used by local students attending college in the capital while local Camphill Community members travelled on the bus to Callan in Kilkenny every morning.