Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Rural Transport Scheme
As the Minister of State will be well aware, the rural transport scheme in Kerry is a vital piece of infrastructure, especially in combatting social isolation for those who are living alone and who, except for the scheme, would be isolated not only from their towns and neighbours, but from those of their own age group whom the rural transport scheme manages to bring together.
I note the Minister of State's answer. I am not entirely convinced that those involved in the rural transport scheme in Kerry will be comforted by it. I note he stated it could roll over if agreement has not been reached, but I fear that there are many issues to be ironed out and that if the rural transport scheme is cut back in any way, those benefiting would suffer the most. That is something with which we would not be happy and would not support. All I can say to the Minister of State is that as the situation develops and unfolds, I am sure we will have him back in the Chamber.