Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Ceisteanna (330)

Clare Daly


330. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a list of all private bus companies (details supplied) that accept free travel passes will be provided. [12463/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The free travel scheme permits free travel on most CIÉ public transport services, Luas and a range of services offered by some 80 private operators in various parts of the country for those eligible under the scheme. The free travel scheme is available to all people aged over 66 and living permanently in the State. Applicants who are under age 66 must be in receipt of a qualifying payment and live permanently in the State in order to qualify for the scheme.

At the end of January 2019 there were 937,180 customers entitled to avail of Free Travel.

A list of all private bus operators who are currently participating in the Free Travel Scheme is provided as follows. A full list of all operators participating in the Scheme is published on my Department's website

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Company Name


Avalen Ltd.

Barry's Coaches Ltd

Bernard Kavanagh

Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Ltd

Brian Doherty

Buggy's Coaches Ltd/Denis Buggy

Burke Bros.Coaches Ltd

Bus Feda Teoranta

Catherine Madigan

Collins Coaches

David Culloty (T/A Tralee Peoples Bus Service)

Doherty's Travel/Seamus Doherty

Dualway Coaches Ltd

Eirebus Ltd

Eugene Finnegan (Finnegan Bray)

Farragher International Travel

Farrell Travel T/A Buslink

Foyle Coaches(North West Busways Ltd)

Galway City Direct Ltd


Gorey Bus Links Ltd.

Green Coach aka Dublin Coach

Halpenny Transport Ltd.

Harrington's Bus Service

Hugh McGonagle

Irish Citylink ComfortDelgro

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Ltd

John Doyle (St Kevins Bus Service)

John McGinley

Joseph Doherty

Joseph Mangan

Joseph P Foley

K.Buggy Coaches Ltd.

Kearns Transport

Kenneallys Bus Service Ltd

Kenneallys Bus Service Ltd

Lally Coach Hire

Leydon Coaches

M &A Coaches

Matt Whelan

Matthews Coach Hire

Maurice & Felix O Donoghue

McConnon Travel Ltd.

McGeehan Coaches/John & Michael

McGrath's Coaches (Michael McGrath)

McNulty Coaches (John McNulty)

Michael Corduff

Michael Donegan (Donegan's Mini Bus)

Michael Gray, Ballyconnigar,Blackwater, Co. Wexford

Michael Kelly/Kelly Travel

Michael Kilbride

Nash Minibus & Coach Hire

P.J. Martely (Martley's of Portlaoise)

Patrick Gallagher Brinaleck

Patrick Gallagher Churchill Ltd

Sean Heneghan (Heneghan Bus Hire)

Sillan Tours Ltd.

Slieve Bloom Coach Tours Ltd.

Suirway Bus & Coach Service Ltd

Westlink Coaches Ltd

Wexford Bus

Wharton Travel

William Keogh