A CALL has gone out to extend the bus routes provided by Local Link Laois to parts of the county that are not currently being serviced.
At January’s meeting of Laois County Council, cllr Mary Sweeney called on the local authority to engage with the National Transport Authority to “ensure the continued support for the rural evening bus service” and to “consider extending the service to other areas in Laois”.
She said that some parts of the county are not covered by the rural bus service and that “there is a need to try and get out and tackle the isolation that some people feel living alone. I am anxious that we extend this service. The service is fine in towns, but when you go out into the more rural areas, many people there are depending on their neighbours for transport”.
Cllr James Kelly named many areas and townlands in and around Mountrath that he said were very well serviced by the current arrangement. He supported cllr Sweeney’s motion for an extension of the routes because of the recently-introduced drink-driving laws and that there was a need to extend the service.
No doubt, with one eye on the local elections in May and speaking to cllr Kelly, cathaoirleach John King said: “For a councillor living in Kilkenny, how do you know all those places?”
“I do an awful lot of driving in those areas,” replied cllr Kelly.