Nitelink confirmed not to return when clubs reopen on October 22

By Dan Grennan

The Dublin Bus service that ferries late night punters and staff around Dublin after the last order has been served will not return when nightclubs reopen.

Dun Laoghaire TD Cormac Devlin received a letter from the National Transport Authority that confirmed there "are no current plans" to re-introduce the Nitelink service.

Mr Devlin, who is Fianna Fail's Dublin spokesperson, has repeatedly called on Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to introduce the Nitelink service in line with the return of the night time economy.

He said: "I believe it is safe to say that everyone across Ireland is eager for the further easing of restrictions on Friday, 22 October."

"While the Government is pressing ahead and making every effort possible to encourage and restore the night-time economy, workers and customers will need access to public transport to get home after midnight."

The Licensed Vintners Association, which represents publicans in Dublin, backed Mr Devlin's calls

They said in a tweet: "The LVA fully supports Cormac Devlin's call for Nitelink to resume from 22nd Oct. This will be essential for the recovery of the night time economy after 18 long months of closure."

In a letter to Mr Devlin, NTA Chief Executive Anne Graham said there is no date set for the return of the bus service.

She said: "There are no current plans or a confirmed date to reintroduce Nitelink services. The NTA in conjunction with Dublin Bus is considering their reintroduction in advance of the Christmas period."

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