30th November 2016
NBRU PRESS RELEASE

NBRU ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGN AND ACCUSE GOVERNMENT OF IN-ACTION OVER THREAT TO BUS ÉIREANN EXPRESSWAY SERVICES

General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:
“There is a real danger that Rural Bus Services will disappear over the coming months leaving large swathes of Rural Ireland without vital Bus Services if Bus Éireann moves ahead with plans to alter the terms and conditions of its Expressway Staff. The Department of Transport Policy, implemented with gusto by the NTA (HSE on Wheels), of issuing and amending commercial bus licences has led to market saturation, resulting in losses in the region of €6 million being incurred by Bus Éireann, what is bizarre here is the fact that the Independent Alliance, with its majority of Rural Based TD’s has the responsible Minister among its ranks”

Mr O’Leary went on to say:
“it is simply not good enough that faceless bureaucrats can arbitrarily decide to ignore licencing guidelines effectively forcing a State-Owned company off multiple routes across Ireland. We have seen Rural Ireland systematically attacked by the closure of Post Offices, Bank Branches and Garda Stations; Public Transport users and those who work in the Industry are entitled to ask if the political classes of the State are going to remain silent on this issue and simply allow for vital economic and social Bus Service to disappear, the NBRU intends to engage in a Public Information Campaign over the next number of weeks in order to alert communities to the stark reality that its Bus Service may just simply vanish leaving rural Ireland abandoned and alone”
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