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McDonald expresses solidarity with Dublin Bus Workers

2 February, 2009

Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has expressed her solidarity with Dublin Bus workers who are protesting outside the Green Party’s office in Dublin today. The Dublin MEP has described the decision to withdraw 120 buses from the capital city’s public transport service as incomprehensible, particularly in the context that such a decision has happened under the Green Party’s watch.

The Dublin MEP said:

“The Green party’s response to the decision of Dublin Bus to withdraw 120 buses from the capitals service at the cost of 290 jobs has been deeply disappointing. The Greens are a junior government party however public transport provision is one of its core policies therefore washing its hands of the government’s inaction on this issue is just unacceptable.

“The fact remains that the reduction in bus services is bad news for commuters and Dublin Bus Workers alike. It is also an indictment of the government’s refusal to properly invest in, and influence through progressive policy, the capital city’s public transport service.

“Dublin should have a first class affordable fully integrated public transport system. The Green’s since entering government have done nothing to progress such service provision and now that the service is under even greater pressure the party are now publicly wringing their hands in the name of Dublin Bus reform.

“Critically this decision is also bad news for the environment. Ireland made commitments along side its European partners in December to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. Clearly the government, despite the influence of the Green Party from within its ranks, has little intention of honouring these commitments.

“The government needs to drop its laissez-faire attitiude to this situation and address the Dublin Bus job losses and decline in service. They need to bring Dublin Bus management and union leaders in to discuss how this situation can be reversed and the service imporved.

“Minister Dempsey last week published a cost and efficiency review of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. Constructive reports are to be welcomed however publishing such a report cannot deliver jobs or public services, but good governing can. It is time Fianna Fáil and the Greens woke up to this.” ENDS

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