I haven't been on a Volvo 9700 but I've heard that they indeed do have a number of quirks with the seating layout for tall people for someone who is quite tall that is sat near the back, can you tell me how bad this is? Is it similar to the coaches like this that National Express operate? If so then I can't see me liking them.
The seats that move forward when the back reclines I've experienced on other coaches though, and I must say I am not a fan of it, I quite like the Aircoach Setra's, they are very roomy and comfy, but are too small really with only 44 seats a little too luxury. The 2009 Volvo's are really nice coaches, great seats but no tables which sucks a bit.
It's good to see that Bus Eireann are upgrading, but if it's only the routes that the privates are competing on them with then that is disappointing because there are other routes that could do with the upgrade too. I too don't see why GoBus.ie would partner with Bus Eireann. In the short term I think it would give both parties a boost, but in the long term I don't see it being beneficial to GoBus as Bus Eireann could drop them at any time.
It seems Aircoach are not raising their fares on the Cork route, Bus Eireann I know recently did theirs, but the Aircoach Cork route has not been touched in the recent fare increases.