Rural protocol needed to avoid closure of services

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Proper steps need to be followed and alternatives sought before rural services are cut, that’s according to James Claffey, policy and communication officer at Irish Rural Link.

The Moate-based national network represents rural communities across the country and has come out against new proposals from Bus Eireann to cut several services including Athlone to Westport.

“We need to start taking proper steps before announcing closures or losses of services,” said Mr Claffey. “We need a structured consultation process with social and economic analysis as well as realistic alternatives to services that are being lost,” he explained.


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