Free bus pass restored on Buncrana to Derry route

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Inishowen TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has received confirmation from the government that the free bus pass has been restored to the Buncrana to Derry service.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “I welcome this news. It is long overdue. Since I learned that elderly and disabled people in Buncrana, South Inishowen and Derry had lost their rights to free transport on this service, I have repeatedly raised this matter with the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton”.

“Despite reports that the Government had been forced to back down by the European Commission and their refusal to permit the McGonigle Bus Company to avail of the free bus pass scheme was in contravention of EU competition law, the Government have not acknowledged this as their reason for finally resolving this issue.

Whatever their reason, the elderly and disabled users of this service will be relieved that it is now sorted.

I particularly commend the many local people who lobbied the government on this matter and I also commend the McGonigle family for their successful negotiations with the Department over recent months”