Communities leaders in the Glen, who last week staged a road blockade to highlight the axing of a bus route to the area, said they were “totally unsatisfied” with the result of talks held with company managers.
A delegation of residents, including Gary Murphy, Jimmy O’Donovan, and Bill Dunlea from the Blackpool Community Association, met with Bus Éireann managers Joe Fitzgerald and Martin Walsh for an hour yesterday to discuss the axing of the number 12 service to the Glen.
The move has left the area with just half the bus service it used to have.
The decision has hit pensioners, who now have no direct bus link to Blackpool, and parents of schoolchildren who have no direct bus link to St Aidan’s Community College in Dublin Hill.
Residents’ leaders were told that Bus Éireann hopes to make one change to its new timetable by seeking permission from the National Transport Authority (NTA) to divert the 6pm bus from Cork City to Carrignavar through the Glen.
Socialist Party Cllr Mick Barry said this was totally unsatisfactory.
“Have they been listening at all to what the people of this area have been saying?” he said.
“How is that proposal meant to address the problems of pensioners who need to get down to Blackpool to collect their pensions?
“How is it meant to address the concerns of parents of schoolchildren who need to get up to Dublin Hill to get to school at St Aidan’s?
“This is a pathetic response from Bus Éireann.”
Residents plan to escalate their campaign with a protest outside the company’s Capwell depot tomorrow.
The residents will meet outside St Brendan’s Church in the Glen at 10am before travelling by private buses to Capwell.
Mr Barry encouraged Glen residents and their supporters to attend.