FOLLOWING engagement with Wexford Labour Youth, the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has now confirmed that Bus Éireann Expressway, Wexford Bus, Dublin Coach and JJ Kavanagh services will be included in a new scheme to provide half price fares to students and young people.
Last week, Labour Youth blasted the Minister’s scheme, stating that students and young people in Wexford had been “unfairly excluded” as a result of the services available from the county not being covered under the scheme.
However, in response to a question by Labour TD Brendan Howlin, Minister Ryan has now confirmed that he intends to introduce half price fares for under 24s on all routes in Wexford from September, meaning Wexford students will be able to avail of lower fares for the next academic year.
“It’s clear that Minister Ryan has seen sense on this issue, and we welcome the move to reduce the burden on young people from fares,” said Wexford Labour Youth Chair, Evin Ryan. “The Minister does have a lot of questions to answer, however. If the government can change the price of petrol in a matter of hours, why does it take 11 months to cut a bus fare to Dublin? Buses have accepted Student Leap Cards for years, the software is there and the price can be changed at the press of a button.”
While Labour Youth have welcomed the change of heart, they’ve noted that a separate scheme that gives a 20% discount to all public transport users in 2022 again will not be extended to Bus Éireann Expressway and Wexford Bus services.
“As far as we are concerned, the Department did not understand the repercussions of this policy,” Mr Ryan said. “If they continue to stall on this, then our campaign will continue”.