Untold hardship will follow from Bus Éireann closures
Now that Bus Éireann has confirmed its route closures and changes, the decline of rural Ireland continues at pace. This is another hammer blow to the rural way of living.
The difficulty many people will experience in travelling to work, to study at third-level institutions, and to attend hospital appointments seems to be lost on those at decision-making level. The closure of the routes from Dublin to Clonmel, from Athlone to Westport and from Dublin to Derry, along with the reduction of services from Dublin to Limerick and Dublin to Galway, will cause undue hardship and inconvenience for a great many rural dwellers.
We've seen the closure in recent years of so many shops, pubs, post offices, Garda stations, bank branches, credit unions, food manufacturing co-op units, and of government departments in the smaller towns.