People shelter under the eaves of the Thatch as they wait for a bus.
Pictured above are people huddling together for shelter from the rain under the eaves of the old Thatch Pub on the Donore Road as they wait for the bus.
It may look quaint and a bit “Oirish” to tourists as they pass en-route to Newgrange, but the FF Drogheda Urban election candidate Anthony Moore is not amused, he thinks it’s just not good enough in this day and age.
Moore has called on Louth County Council to move the bus stop beside the old Thatch pub and build a proper bus shelter further up the Donore Road.
The bus stop is one of the busiest in the town, serving both Bus Eireann and Matthews Bus passengers. It’s used every day by hundreds of people commuting to Dublin.
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Despite this, there’s no proper shelter for passengers them so they have to huddle under the eaves of the restored thatch roof of the former public house to escape the rain and wind.
“This is not good enough” Moore said. It’s about time that Drogheda, Ireland’s biggest town, had proper bus shelters of the sort that one sees in Dublin city.
“Last year, when the Thatch was being refurbished, the bus stop was moved around 100 metres up the Donore Road and I think that this would be an ideal place to build a proper bus shelter.
“Moving the stop would also ease traffic congestion because sometimes two or three buses pull up at once and when that happens, cars turning right from Marley's Lane can't get on to the Donore Road.
“In my view, Louth Co. Council needs to start work on this without delay. I have already written to (Council Chief Executive) Joan Martin about it and I will be pressing the case for this.”