Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has expressed his disappointment that the Department for Regional Development has announced the end of the Rural Transport Fund Voucher Scheme.
“The Rural Transport Voucher Scheme was initiated to help groups situated in rural areas meet transport costs when groups of 17 or more were attending events.
“Whether it was sporting clubs or groups like the scouts or guides or simply community based groups organising excursions for the elderly this funding was essential in covering transport costs.
“With cut backs to the timetable of public transport in rural areas also under threat and the fact that most major events are held in urban areas I am worried that many groups will now be unable to travel out of rural areas to compete or take part in other activities and therefore fold.
“I am asking the Minister of Regional Development Danny Kennedy to reconsider his decision so groups in rural groups can afford to meet transport costs and participate in events across Ireland.