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Local Link Louth Meath Fingal hosted their annual Rural Transport Celebration Day on Friday 2nd November

“Get up, get out and get going!” says Anna May Mc Hugh Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association who helped  Local Link Louth Meath Fingal Celebrate 16 years of Rural Transport.

Friday 2nd of November saw more than 400 passengers from Louth, Meath and Fingal descend on Simmonstown GFC centre where they enjoyed a wonderful day of craic agus ceol agus damhsa!

“Get up, get out and get going” words of encouragement from guest speaker Anna May McHugh who gave great gusto to all in attendance and emphasised the importance of Older People continuing to get up, keep going, staying active and enjoying their years.

 

 

The Rural Transport Celebration Day is about passengers who support rural transport services throughout the year “It is a new life for us as we live 4 miles to bus stop” says Rita, Co. Meat. For Connie in Co. Louth “it offers a great deal of independence and ability to go to mass, meet friends, have a chat. It allows me to make and keep appointments – dental and optical.”

 “We asked the passengers to help Local Link pave the way into the future, to shape services into the services that they need, to let us know where they are and where they need to go” Miriam McKenna, Manager of Local Link Louth Meath Fingal, “Passengers had a brilliant day being treated to wonderful music, Bingo, a monster raffle – with all prizes being sponsored and supplied by Local L ink passengers and friends, the day was such a success with the only complaint being that it only happens once a year”.

 

 

Flexibus is the Transport Co-Ordination Unit (TCU) for Local Link Louth, Meath and Fingal on behalf of the National Transport Authority (NTA) saw170, 000 passenger trips carried out in 2017 – over 10,000 of those were wheelchair users.

Chairman of Local Link Louth Meath Fingal – John Burns commended the great work that is being done by the staff and Private Operators who day in day out provide these services for our passengers “they are the true heroes” he said. He also thanked the passengers for their ongoing support of the services and pointed out the great work the National Transport Authority is doing to ensure that Ireland remains an inclusive society, leaving no one behind and ensuring that those most isolated and lonely are being catered for through the Rural Transport Programme. Finally John Burns paid special thanks to the staff of Local Link Louth Meath Fingal “who are so committed and loyal to their passengers”.

Local organisations and An Garda Síochána had information desks where advice was given on a range of topics, including the importance on the community Guard in rural areas present also were Meath County Council Cathaoirelach Tom Kelly, Minister Helen McEntee, Minister Damien English, Thomas Byrne T.D., Peadar Tóbín T.D.

 

 

For more information on Local Link Louth Meath Fingal please contact: 046-9074830 or flexibus@locallinklmf.ie