The Sinn Féin team in South Dublin County Council have this morning called on Dublin Bus to address the lack of service being provided to residents living in the Butterfield area of Rathfarnham.

Speaking following a submission to Dublin Bus, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Fintan Warfield said;

“Under the guise of Project Network Direct, Dublin Bus recently re-routed the 15b bus service, creating a public transport black-spot in a section of Rathfarnham.

“Local residents have now been left with a fifteen minute walk to and from the nearest city centre bound bus.

“There is no reason for residents to face such difficulty in accessing our public service while four other routes: 15, 49, 65 and 65a currently serve Templeogue Road, one of which could potentially serve Butterfield Avenue as well.”

Newly elected Sinn Féin Councillor for Rathfarnham, Sarah Holland added;

“Locals in Rathfarnham have already submitted a detailed proposal and petition to Dublin Bus, calling for this issue to be addressed.

“Those worst affected by the loss of service are residents on Ann Devlin Road, Kilvere, Butterfield Grove, Orchardstown, Ballymace Green, Washington Park and Lane.

“Many young and old in these neighbourhoods have been forced to walk long distances, often in the dark, to reach the bus stop or their home.

“We in Sinn Féin are calling on Dublin Bus to consider re-directing a local bus route along Butterfield Avenue which is not currently served by a city centre bus.”