As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. The NTA also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme which operates under the Local Link brand. The Wild Atlantic Way is primarily accessed by public transport users via bus services contracted by the NTA, which are mainly provided by TFI Local Link and, to a lesser extent, by Bus Éireann.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.