25th June 2009


West Council calls for bus route retention


The Council for the West has called on Bus Eireann to show a more flexible approach in its axing of 99 routes


throughout the country as part of a massive cost-cutting measure. Bus Eireann agreed to commence a range of


services between Ireland West Airport Knock and towns in the region as far back as June 2005.  In March 2007


these services had been approved by the then Minister of State for Transport, and were due to commence in


April 2007, but over two years later there is no evidence of any of these services starting.


Chairman Sean Hannick said that while he appreciated Bus Eireann's need to rationalise, he wondered if the


company could not have utilised minibuses on some routes.


He said the shuttle bus service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Charlestown was a case in point


"Instead of using larger buses on routes which do not have near capacity numbers, surely the company would be


better advised to substitute minibuses and thereby save substantially on operating costs. The Ireland West


Airport to Charlestown route, which is a key component of a linked transport system, surely falls into that


category," he said.


Mr. Hannick also said that given the pressure under which the tourism market is currently struggling, with inward


passenger numbers down substantially, every effort should be made by the government to ensure support for


the industry and for the region.



Note to Editors:

The Council for the West is a voluntary, independent, non-political body which monitors and reports on the socio-economic state of the West and acts as a lobby group promoting the development of the West. The Council for the West was set up by the Western Bishops and has successfully campaigned for retention of Objective 1 Status for the region.  It continues to campaign for balanced regional development and highlights issues of major concern for the region.

Contact Points:

Public Relations Officer:   Terry Reilly 086 8109518 / 096 21603 / email: terryreilly@eircom.net

Co-ordinator:                       Caroline Wilson, Tel: 096 32975 / email: cftwest@iol.ie

Spokesperson:     Sean Hannick: 087 2564824