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Statement from Martin Browne TD on the X8 Expressway service

NTA's Public Service Obligation should see X8 supports extended, not reduced to monthly reviews

Tipperary Sinn Féin TD Martin Browne has said that NTA's Public Service Obligation means that X8 supports must be extended, not reduced to monthly reviews.

Teachta Browne said:

“Since the future of the X8 service was called into question, I have been in contact with Minister Eamon Ryan, the NTA and Bus Éireann, outlining the importance of the service for towns such as Cashel and Cahir.

“Thankfully, those calls led to the service being continued for three months through the allocation of emergency funding from the NTA.

“And while I welcome that this has now been further extended for another month, I believe that the funding extension should be increased to 12 months, not reduced to a review every 30 days.

“The CEO of the NTA, Anne Graham, told me that “the NTA has determined that in order to meet the social needs of the communities affected, there is a public service obligation to continue to provide services along the Cork to Dublin corridor via Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Cahir and Cashel”.

“I believe confirmation of this obligation must be recognised by guaranteeing longer-term supports for the route until a long-term resolution is found, not reducing those supports to month-by-month reviews.

“I have contacted the Minister and the NTA to highlight this and will continue to pursue the matter.

“The people of Cashel and Cahir need more certainty - not less- when it comes to the X8 services.”