Fintan Hynes thinks that the universal cut to the children’s allowance was unfair. He also thinks that the increase in car tax is going to make it a lot more difficult for couples who need to run two cars.
With about a quarter of the population of Ireland, 1.2 million people, entitled to free travel (although the numbers who actually possess a pass are less clear), Daly’s thinking is that an annual fee would be enough to wipe the semi-state bus company’s debts clear.
This morning it emerged that Bus Éireann believes the jobs of its entire staff of 2,600 people are at risk unless it finds a way of wiping clear its deficit of €6 million.
A recent report by consultants Grant Thornton had suggested that the company close its Expressway inter-city service as a cost-cutting measure, a move that would doubtless face vehement opposition across rural Ireland.
But what do you think?
We’re asking: Should people with a free travel pass have to pay a small charge for it?
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