Bus Eireann’s decision to axe eight services a day from the Limerick to Dublin route was another example of how rural Ireland was being “decimated” according to Cllr Seamus Morris at this month’s Nenagh Municipal District Council meeting.
The X12 service serving Birdhill, Toomevara, Moneygall and Castletown ceased on September 14. The service will only use the M7 with stops in Nenagh and Roscrea. Bus Eireann cited the need for a faster service and poor usage as its reason for removing the services.
“If there is any pressure on Bus Eireann the first thing they do is axe services,” Cllr Ger Darcy told the meeting. “It seems to be their only answer.”
He was speaking on a motion in the name of all area councillors urging that the decision be reversed.
Cllr Morris said that the bus company “didn’t bother” talking to its customers and that was a “disgraceful way to do business”. They have no hope of surviving if they do business like that.
He maintained that the country was being run as an economy and not as a state, saying: “There is no such thing as a state outside of Dublin.”
Cllr Morris said that the service was not saving Bus Eireann any time or money as the service was now scheduled to leave Limerick 15 minutes later than it had been.
“People deserve the dignity of being told. It was the people of Ireland who saved Bus Eireann when they hadn’t have a pot to pee in,” he said.
Cllr John Carroll pointed out that, as with Irish Rail, the State subvention to Bus Eireann had been cut over the past three years.
Cllr Phyll Bugler said the loss of the service was hitting the elderly going to appointments and students attending college in Limerick.
“They are cutting back on the vulnerable people in rural Ireland,” said Cllr Joe Hannigan.