A vital bus route serving South Tipperary is to be axed, according to a local Co. Cllr.
Cllr Davy Dunne (SF) says he has information that Bus Éireann route 7 – serving rural Tipperary - is to be axed. The route was the subject of an application by Bus Éireann to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for changes to the licence. Previously Sinn Féin joined forces with residents of villages in South Tipperary to petition to save the route; however, those changes have now been granted, and in the next few weeks the buses will start to use the motorway to bypass smaller towns and villages.
However, worst-hit may be Carrick-on-Suir, which will no longer have a service to Dublin operated by Bus Éireann.
Cllr Davy Dunne of Sinn Féin has expressed his concern at this downgrading of the amenities and services in the town. He has some time ago asked for the minister to come to Carrick-on-Suir to see the extent of the unemployment there, but no response has yet been received.
He re-iterates his call for minister Bruton to view first-hand the effect that unemployment has had on the town, and warns that this latest barrier to employment will make the town less attractive to employers.
Sinn Féin meantime have written again to the NTA and to Bus Éireann seeking a full statement with clarification of the changes.