Editorial: Government must protect rural bus links
Communities across the nation are already battling to save their shops, post offices, schools and pubs. Now many of them face the prospect of losing the buses, which are already scarce enough. It seems every other day brings a new threat.
Today, we bring you reports that Bus Éireann plans to cut dozens of services to rural towns and villages. The upshot is that many places will be left without a direct bus to the capital.
Up for grabs are Dublin's links to Clonmel, Kilkenny and Cork, as well as New Ross's and Waterford's links to the capital. Overall, services are set to fall from 198 to 108 and 15 towns will lose a direct bus to Dublin.