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Government wants to Drive People to Drink ?

10 January 2007 | Ireland | 4 Responses by paul savage.

An interesting story from Dail Éireann today. Community Affairs Minister Eamon Ó Cuív said he favoured expanding country transport services to run up until midnight to allow drinkers to leave their cars at home. Mr Ó Cuiv said talks were under way with the Transport Department about expanding the €10 million rural bus initiative to cover around 30 local areas where drinkers would be ferried to pubs.

Pint of Guinness

We say put the much needded €10m into housing or something a bit more worth while. If people can’t get to the pub then that’s their luck out. Drink at home if you can’t find a way to the pub and you need to get your fix of alcohol. The government surely can’t be seen “Driving people to drink” ?

kick it on

4 Responses

  1. Bock the Robber said on 14 Jan 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Why not? Don’t we put millions of taxpayers’ euros into the Luas and the Dart, not to mention the NiteLink, all of which are used in the night-time to ferry people to and from the pubs.

  2. paul.savage said on 15 Jan 2007 at 9:10 am

    Well the LUAS & DART also bring people to work , the city centre and help to avoid traffic congestion, it’s not just a drink link.

    As for the NiteLink service, is aids getting people home when there are not available taxis. None of these services will collect you from your door and bring you to the local pub, and after you’ve had your 40 pints, will bring you back right to your door.

  3. Bock the Robber said on 15 Jan 2007 at 11:06 am

    True. They won’t bring you to your door, but at night they are basically a drink-link service, and they cost an awful lot more in subsidies than the country buses would.

    As you point out, the Nite Link aids people getting home when there are no taxis, which is exactly what the rural service is intended to do.

    During the day, Luas, Dart, Arrow etc certainly transport people to work. Interestingly, however, nobody has suggested a similarly subsidised service for rural areas, or even for any urban area besides Dublin.

    Are transport subsidies only to be spent in Dublin? That seems unfair in view of the fact that they are paid by all Irish taxpayers, two-thirds of whom don’t live in Dublin.

  4. paul.savage said on 15 Jan 2007 at 11:30 am

    Hi Bock,

    The DART & LUAS infrastructures is already in place, so using it for other activities isn’t really so much of an extra cost, they might even gain extra revenue out of it.

    But I do see your point, that there needs to equality between the amount of development of services in cities and in rural areas. If not the population in rural Ireland will decline even more.

    I just think it’s wrong that the government has come out and said that we will organise a lift for you to the pub so that you can get pissed. What did these people do before ?

    It is true that some service should be provided. I’m just trying to think of another way… but failing.

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