Rural Towns in Fingal to Benefit from “Connecting Ireland” Transport Proposals

29th October, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien today (Friday 29th October) welcomed today the proposal of new bus routes for rural towns in Fingal as part of the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) “Connecting Ireland” initiative. The proposed routes will connect smaller towns in Fingal, such as Oldtown, Ballyboughal, Garristown, and the Naul, with larger towns in the county. In developing the Connecting Ireland Plan, the NTA engaged with a range of stakeholders including public bodies and state agencies. The next step will involve broader public consultation including information sessions with local authorities and the Oireachtas and public information webinars.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister Joe O’Brien said:

“These proposed routes will be a huge boost to rural public transport in Fingal. Smaller towns in the north of the county have not been well served by public transport up to now and this kind of investment is vital if we are to provide people will real transport alternatives.

“A frequent, reliable, and direct public transport system is key to reducing rural isolation as well as reducing our dependency on cars, as we work towards our climate goals and net zero emissions target. This is another positive example of Ireland taking action on climate, ahead of COP26 in Glasgow next week.”

“The Government’s commitment to a ‘Town Centres First’ policy will bring life and vibrancy back to rural villages in Fingal. This is only possible if we have a robust public transport system in place. This will enable not only businesses to thrive but will make living in rural communities a more viable option for those looking for alternatives to our cities.

“I am delighted to see the Connecting Ireland Plan published today for public consultation. We need the input and voices of rural Ireland at the heart of this plan to get it right. The plan will also address improved mobility options for those in remote areas and I welcome the fact that the consultation process includes engagement with the disability community living in rural Ireland. I strongly encourage residents of towns in Fingal connected by these proposed routes to offer feedback to the proposals, to ensure that the NTA can develop these plans in a way that is of maximum benefit to their communities.”