Protest group may block bypass buses

The Rooskey/Dromod Bus Action Group have said that they will be forced to take serious action if Bus Eireann do not reinstate services through both towns, including the possibility of blocking buses that use the bypass.

Currently, only two services pass through the areas, one in the morning and one at late evening.

The group visited the Dail last Wednesday afternoon and handed a petition, calling for the restoration of full services, which was signed by 3,000 people to both Deputies Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Denis Naughten. The group had also requested a meeting with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar on the issue, but Mr Varadkar did not react to requests to liaise with the group.

Speaking to the Leader, Bus Action Group PRO Larry O’Connor said: “It was extremely disappointing not to meet with Mr Varadkar as he was inside the building but yet did not come down.

“The Dail receptionist had attempted to make contact with him a few times but he would not appear.”

Mr O’Connor said that the group will look in to taking more serious action on the issue. “If we don’t get what we want we plan to block the buses on the bypass and force them into both Rooskey and Dromod.”

Mr O’Connor said he was aware that there would be safety issues surrounding such an event and that relevant authorities would be contacted, but that the group would “start getting radical” if they felt the issue was being ignored by the Government.


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