No, it's not something ALL of them can afford. And, for the record, they didn't keep all their allowances during the recession either.
€50 mightn't be much to you or me but to those whose only income is the retirement pension, it could be a lot. In any case, if it were to start at €50, it wouldn't stay there.
On the other hand, there are some well-heeled pensioners (although it's a moot point as to how often they might use their free travel card).
So why not treat it as a benefit-in-kind, making it potentially taxable? Each pensioner could be given an initial allowance of so much free travel and thereafter, it could be chargeable to taxation. The technology exists to gather the information too.
This would not affect those on very low incomes as they'd not be liable to tax.
Bus Eireann is State owned, It is a Public Service, running on many routes to remote areas which are unprofitable.
As per usual the Govt would like to give it away to the Privateers. So they deliberately underfund it and create Labour problems with its work force.
The Newspapers then exploit this as inefficiency to promote privatisation.
This is a well worn tactic, used in the UK to sell off State enterprise.
Transport is a necessity in the modern State. £6million loss is peanuts compared to the billions given away to the Banks as a bail-out.
State owned Transport should be a break-even, after taking into account, maintenance and replacement overheads.
At present ,the State owned Bus System is keeping the Private Bus Service from gouging the public.
We are undergoing the same form of crisis in our Housing System.There is insufficient Local Authority Housing to keep the private landlords from rent gouging.
The UK has a totally privatised Transport system and is the most expensive in Europe. Denis O'Brien is slavering at the prospect of bidding on our Road and Rail Network and his newspapers and Radio stations will promote privatisations.
Best idea yet. Should we go for multiple listings? If we're going to be all patriotic about it and float in Dublin, we should have at least a London listing as well, and I think you'd have plenty of subscribers in the states if we were on NYSE as well. We should raise a fortune, billionaires on paper.Well said.
Another tactic is to float the nation that if only we could get those pesky pensioners to pay their way, then all would be well.
Expressway has multiple stops off the motorway , Aircoach none. Is that correct ?.