Fears are growing as to the future of Bus stops in Ardfinnan, Clogheen and Ballyporeen according to the Mayor of Clonmel and Cahir Borough District, Cllr. Martin Lonergan.
His comments come after a number of local service users on Bus Eireann 007 service from Kilkenny to Cork were informed that the current situation were by the bus stops at Ardfinnan, Clogheen and Ballyporeen, was to be discontinued in a matter of weeks.
?It is extremely worrying that quite a number of my constituents, who are regular users of this particular service from these locations, have been in contact with me regarding the future of the bus stops in recent weeks.
I have been in contact with Bus Eireann for them to clarify the situation and a response is awaited. However, if this is the case, and the stops are to be removed as rumoured, it will yet again become another attack on rural Ireland. Service users, young and old living in the villages and surrounds of Ardfinnan, Clogheen and Ballyporeen in particular, and who avail of this service, will lose a vital inter-connector to towns such as Clonmel and Mitchelstown and indeed Cork City and Kilkenny.
Not only that, students returning to College and who have availed of the service will be gravely affected when the academic year commences shortly.?
Concluding Mayor Lonergan said, ?While I do not want to be scaremongering about the future of this service in particular, I am calling on Bus Eireann to clarify whether these rumours are unfounded or true and in fact, if they are deciding on a change to services in general in locations around rural Tipperary??