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Connecting Ireland: More bus services to rural areas

Dublin: As part of the Connecting Ireland project, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan announced the expansion of bus services in rural Ireland. The minister was speaking at the Rural Ideas Forum, where he was taking part in discussions about Connecting Ireland’s Future.

The minister stated that the neglect of villages in terms of public transportation will come to an end. “The government wants public transport facilities to be limited only to the city and surrounding areas,” said the minister.

The minister said the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) Connecting Ireland five-year plan would see a 25 percent increase in rural local link bus services. More than 100 villages will be served by the new bus routes.

This network now includes 13 villages in Kerry. The minister also stated that the two-way daily bus service that is part of the Ring of Kerry will be the focal point of this project.

Minister Ryan also stated that new coastal bus routes in North Kerry have been designed to connect Tarbert and Ballybunion with Tralee and Limerick.

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