New Public Transport for Monaghan Villages

2 December 2022

TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan is delighted to announce that a new ‘M3’ route, Mullan Village to Monaghan Town will launch on the 5th December 2022. The new service will operate seven days a week with five return services per day Friday and Saturday, and four return services on Sunday.

M3 is part of the new Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, a major national public transport initiative developed by the National Transport Authority (NTA), with the aim of increasing connectivity, particularly for people living outside our major cities and towns. This new route is funded by the National Transport Authority as part of the Transport for Ireland Network.

M3 will provide connectivity between Mullan Village and Monaghan town, serving Emyvale, Glaslough, and Tyholland Village along the way, providing people from those areas with sustainable travel options to access, employment, education, retail, social services and onward travel connections from Monaghan Bus Station.

In addition to M3, the existing TFI Local Link services M1 and M2 are being enhanced, both of which will now operate a Sunday and Bank Holiday schedule, as well as enhancing the service area to include Coolshannagh and Ballyalbany through the M1 service.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said “The new M3 route with five services per day, seven days per week in conjunction with the enhanced M1 and M2 routes offering new Sunday services is a significant development for Cavan and Monaghan.  This will give people across Cavan and Monaghan real choice when it comes to public transport. Importantly, these new spines will also help connect communities and businesses across the two counties, making it easier for people to use public transport to get to work, schools or to visit friends and families”.

Speaking at the launch of the service in Monaghan Town today, Minister for Social Protection, Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD said “the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan has been developed by the National Transport Authority to increase public transport connectivity for all.  These new and enhanced routes in Monaghan will transform the local network offering more frequent bus services connecting people with work, business and leisure activities in the area”.

TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan Manager, Padraic Smyth said “TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan is working in support of the Governments Sustainable Mobility Policy and believe that this new service and enhancements to existing services in Monaghan, compliment this agenda as well as the ‘Active Travel Programme’ being implemented through Monaghan County Council. Public Transport is a key component of Active Travel, providing an alternative mode for people in rural villages of Monaghan”.

TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan is delighted to have been the first to offer passengers, Leap and TFI Go App facilities on all of its Rural Regular Services earlier this year, and passengers on M3 can also avail of these ticket options, which are now more affordable than ever, due to the reductions implemented by Government in April of this year.

For route and timetable information, please call the TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan on 047-51840, or visit, or visit their Facebook, or Instagram pages.