Transport services in rural Ireland need to become more reliable to take the pressure off families who have been hit hardest by the cost of living crisis.

That's the view of Irish Rural Link, who have joined calls from Social Justice Ireland to improve public transport outside of our urban areas.

In its Public Services Policy Brief this morning, the advocacy group says the government should focus on ensuring essential services are available to those who need them most.

Research analyst with Social Justice Ireland Suzanne Rogers recently visited Blacksod on the Erris Peninsula and says access to services as simple as shops is restricted unless you own a car.

Suzanne has been speaking to Midwest Radio's Alannah Nolan about the need for increased accessibility of public transport in rural areas...

 

 

Meanwhile CEO of Irish Rural Link, Seamus Boland, says rural people can't plan their days around public transport because it's so unreliable...

 

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