A Kerry councillor says a minister’s support of a transport scheme in the county is merely a political stunt.
The pilot scheme, called LIFT, involves six local drivers offering people in Keel and Castlemaine free transport from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and midnight.
Kerry Junior Minister Brendan Griffin, who is personally helping to fund the running costs, says locals identified a deficit of transport links in the area, particularly at night.
Kerry County Councillor Michael O’Shea says Minister Griffin’s support of the scheme is a political stunt and will probably cease operation by the end of May.
He says the scheme, which seeks to tackle rural isolation, is an excellent one and many publicans in Kerry have provided such a service for years.
However, the Fianna Fáil councillor says it’s ironic that Minister Griffin is in a department which, he claims, contributed more to rural isolation than any other agency in the history of the state.
Councillor O’Shea claims recent changes to road traffic laws have imprisoned the vulnerable the elderly in their own homes.