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Source: Sinn Féin

2 December, 2020 – by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Leader in the Seanad, Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile, has called on Bus Éireann to reverse their recent cut to the Dublin – Belfast service.His comments come after Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport, Darren O’Rourke TD, obtained figures from the National Transport Authority showing that over one million people used services on this route in 2019 alone.Speaking from Leinster House today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:“The Dublin – Belfast link is a vital route for the prosperity, connectivity, transport and educational needs of our people.”It is a route that we should be building upon and investing more into in terms of public transportation needs.“The news from Bus Éireann last month that they intended to cut this route came as a major blow to service users.”As we safely emerge from the Covid-19 restrictions, we will be encouraging more people to travel throughout our country for work, study, trips, leisure, tourism and to help stimulate our economy throughout Ireland.“If we are also serious about tackling the climate emergency, then the last thing a Government including the Green Party should be doing is cutting such a vital and heavily utilised bus route.“Myself, Teachta O’Rourke and our colleagues in the Assembly will be following up on this with the relevant Ministers, North and South, as well as with Bus Éireann to urge that the decision to cut this crucial connection is reversed.” 

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