Independents4Change TD Joan Collins has said hundreds of people are attending public meetings across Dublin where people have been expressing their concerns about the new Bus Connects services.

She cited examples of bus routes that are being changed and areas where connectivity is being lost.

She said that some elderly people are no longer on routes to hospital services while children are having their school bus routes changed.

She pointed out that 10% of bus services have been privatised with the new Go Ahead service.

Ms Collins said the Government has the power to stop this and she warned that if they do not there will be thousands of people on the streets complaining about it.

Responding Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said she agrees there is a need for a review and there has been a full public consultation. 

She said that the new routes and options are indicative and it is for the National Transportation Authority to conduct their public consultation meetings to hear the objections, concerns or praise for what it is they are trying to do.

She said that when the process is completed there will be  better public transport system with quicker journey times giving people a better work-life balance.

Ms Collins called on the minister to scrap the scheme, which she referred to as the "Bus Disconnects" as there is not a proper consultation.

Minister Doherty said there has been public meetings across Dublin and the areas in Meath that are served by Dublin Bus.