Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has criticised Minister Varadkar for stirring up industrial unrest by claiming strikes by rail workers were inevitable in the coming months. This was despite claims by Irish Rail and the NBRU that this was not the case.
"Maybe Minister Varadkar knows something we don't about the future of Irish Rail. He certainly has shown little regard for supporting public transport or good conditions for workers.
“Irish Rail and the NBRU have now rubbished Varadkar inflammatory and alarmist statements and he should retract them.
“Minister Varadkar has on a number of occasions shown he is more interested in passing comment and getting press coverage than he is in solving problems and avoiding conflict.
“It is his cuts which are threatening public transport so if he feels strikes are inevitable maybe he should stay quiet until he has reviewed his policies."