Independent Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that he is concerned by reports that management at Glenveagh National Park are preparing to privatize the parks shuttle bus service.

“The bus service between the Visitor Centre and the Castle is currently operated by the park staff using staff brought in for the season. I understand that plans are well-advanced to bring in a private contractor to replace them”, he said.

“Workers I have spoken to are concerned at the consequences. It means the loss of seasonal work for a number of people and it raises questions about what will happen in the future to other services and jobs within the park in the long-term.

The Ind. Councillor has stated that as the county’s most popular attraction Glenveagh takes in thousands of paying visitors each year and that resorting to ‘penny-pinching like this at the expense of workers’ should not be necessary, “It is a very worrying trend and we need to resist it.”

“I intend to take up this issue with the Dept. of Arts and Heritage. I would like to know who is driving the privatization agenda, whether it is coming from the Department or from local management. Whatever the source, I am calling for the removal of the threat of privatization of the bus service and give my full backing to the workers in Glenveagh.”
 

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