Return Boora Bike Hire to Pat Barrett

Return Boora Bike Hire to Pat Barrett

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Doolan’s Spar Blueball started this petition to Bord Na Mona

On the Friday the 30th of April, Pat Barrett was contacted by Bord na Mona. He was informed that he had lost the tender for Boora Bike Hire to a much larger Bike Hire chain that operates at a national level. 11 years of hard work, patience and unwavering kindness to countless visitors to Boora were not taken into account. Without Pat there would be no Lough Boora Parklands. It would not be the entity that it is today.  

“With a heavy heart I have decided to air my feelings since I was told through a phone call on Friday morning that I was not allowed to run the bicycle hire service anymore, a service that me and my family started up 11 years ago. This news came about after a tendering process that we were not successful in. I want to thank everyone that has shown me and my family massive support since Friday morning through phone calls, messages and on Facebook. I thought things could not get much worse until today. I found out that the bicycle hire was given to the biggest bicycle hire service in Ireland, namely CK Cycles in the Phoenix park Dublin. So much for trying to keep jobs local. Looking at the whole process of tendering I was never going to get it. Thanks again to everyone.” -Pat Barrett 02/05/21

“When I thought bord na mona couldn't sink any lower..... Pat Barrett, one of the most decent human beings on the planet, the man who gave Lough Boora a purpose, has been refused the tender for the bike hire by #bordnamona. After 11 years, of making a successful business out of the bike hire, and making #LoughBoora the tourist attraction that it is, he is being outed by bord na mona. He started off with a little hut, hiring out bikes. This attracted people to the area, and then this in turn lead to the development of the parkland. Without his start up business, there wouldn't be a lough boora. He created a buzz, and was always so incredibly helpful and polite to each and every person who came his way. Young and old alike. This was his lively hood. He created employment, he went above and beyond doing things in the parkland that others could be bothered to do. In the €108 million that BNM were given by the government for just transitioning, what is just about this. What is fair about this. I'm.sure whoever got the contact will increase the prices giving the greedy b****rds something to smile about. What about the man who worked his ass off to make it what it is. Typical greedy rich do nothings but take all the credit for someone else's work pricks. Get the word out there folks and boycott the new bike hire crowd in boora. Stand with pat and his family. #boycottboorabikehire.” - Irene Reams

We have had a countless number of customers over the years travelling back from a days activity in Boora, all have remarked about the great kindness and unending generosity shown by Pat to children and families. 

This petition intends to garner public support, to rally behind Pat and to show Bord an Mona that morally abhorrent decisions do not go unnoticed. 

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