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
“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.”