Hundreds at rally to 'save' rural buses
Bus Éireann unions warned that the closure of strategic routes across Ireland as part of a desperate cost-cutting campaign will represent an economic body blow for rural areas.
The warning came as hundreds attended a 'Save Our Bus Service' campaign rally in Tipperary last night in advance of Monday's planned all-out strike by NBRU and Siptu members in Bus Éireann.
The Clonmel meeting of the NBRU's 'Save Our Buses' campaign attracted a particularly large crowd because the Clonmel-Dublin route is one of those facing the axe.
NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said the proposal was proof "the transport needs of rural Ireland seem to be of a lesser value" than services in large urban areas.
Clonmel locals were appalled by the proposed route cuts.
"I use the Clonmel to Dublin service quite a bit because I have a daughter living in Dublin. I don't know what I would do without it," Mary McGrath said.