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Elderly people ‘left standing in all weathers’ waiting for buses in busy part of Laois town

A call has been made for bus shelters to be constructed in a busy part of a Laois town.

A recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District saw Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley ask for them to be built at Kilminchy.

She called on Laois County Council to request that the National Transport Authority act.

She said: “It just isn’t fair on people who are waiting to use a bus.

“We are encouraging people to use public transport and yet we don’t have the adequate infrastructure to support this.

“We have elderly people standing out in all weathers and this has to be rectified.”

Agreeing with Cllr Dwane-Stanley, Cllr Noel Tuohy said: “I always say that if Kilminchy was classed as a village of its own, it would be one of the biggest in the county.

“So the demand for infrastructure like this is certainly there.”

In response, engineer Paul McLoughlin said: “Laois County Council are currently engaged with the NTA for the provision of a Town Bus Service for Portlaoise.

“Subject to a successful outcome of this work it is envisaged that the bus stops at this location will be upgraded to reflect the anticipated service demand.

“Laois County Council will be pursuing the provision of Bus shelter(s) at this location.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.