Call To Bring Back Clare’s “Postbus” Service

Photo © An Post

The return of a “post bus” service that ran in Clare 15 years ago has been suggested as a solution to the crises in postal and transport services in rural Ireland.

The unique ‘Postbus’ service was operated by An Post in this county until 2004, where tourists and locals could travel with the bus driver on a 70-mile trip as he dropped off letters to places such as the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.

It was launched as a pilot in 1982 and ran for 22 years, with plans for it to be rolled out in other rural counties, though this never came to be.


Dublin Labour TD Brendan Ryan has told the Dáil that bringing this back and extending it widely could be the solution to two pressing problems in rural Ireland: