So it looks like the journey planner is slowly improving.
1) It looks like the IP address ugliness is now gone.
2) It looks like you can now link to it, e.g.:
However the link is pretty horrific. They should really try and use a url shortener service. For instance the above link can be shortened as so:
Also it would be better if when you do a search, the page reloads with the above url in the url bar so that you can directly copy it or bookmark it, rather then have to copy it out of a separate pop-up window.
I note that this seems to be the same company who developed the London Journey planner, though having now tried it, I don't think the London journey planner is very good either. But it does have one advantage, when you do a search, it puts the linkable url in the url bar.
Also it would be great if they could drop the nta/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2 part, which is ugly and entirely unnecessary as it could easily be hidden with some DNS redirecting.
As a side note, I think it is a pity that the NTA used transportforireland.ie as their website. It is a very long URL. I think they should just have used transport.ie instead.
Yes transport.ie is currently being used by the Department of Transport. But that could have been moved to departmentoftransport.ie or similar as it would be far less used then this site anyway. Then we could have had the following, a nice short url: