By Kim O'Leary
A new State-subsidised bus service that will bring residents to and from rural pubs will be introduced in Kildare next week on Thursday, June 21.
The 'drink-link', as it is being dubbed, is planned for a number of rural counties and it will begin its trial period on June 21 in Kildare. Local Link Kildare South Dublin has confirmed the services will be on Route 883 Athy to Newbridge with additional services to take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
The drink-link service will operate mostly on the weekends from 6pm-11pm to help people get to and from their locals as stricter drink driving laws will be introduced this year. The new scheme will see around 188 pub runs according to the report, which will cost the government around €450,000.
It is being brought in as an extension to the Local Link service in rural counties.
Along with Kildare, counties Kerry, Cork, Donegal,Waterford, Wexford, Cavan, Monaghan, Offaly and Laois will have their own 'drink-link' routes from June until December.
The new routes will be operated as an extension of the Local Link service in rural communities.
The idea behind the service is to help encourage people to visit their local pubs and to fight against rural isolation, which is one of the main fears over Minister Ross' harsher drink driving penalties.
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