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Taoiseach defends worst attack on public transport since the 1950s – Ó Caoláin

23 June, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has slammed the Taoiseach Brian Cowen for “defending the indefensible” cuts to public transport being imposed by Bus Éireann and Bus Átha Cliath.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The Taoiseach attempted, at Dáil Questions today, to defend the indefensible cuts to public transport being imposed by Bus Éireann and But Átha Cliath. The latest proposed cuts by Bus Éireann involve the loss of 162 buses and 320 staff throughout the State. Taken together with the cuts already being imposed by Bus Átha Cliath, they represent the worst attack on public transport in Ireland since the 1950s when much of the country’s rail network was shut down.

“Fianna Fáil-led Governments during the Celtic Tiger years failed to provide the resources needed by Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann to provide the much improved public transport network that is essential for our economy and for our environment. The latest cuts will hit communities in provincial towns and rural areas and further cuts are threatened.

“It should not have to come to industrial action by transport workers to make the Government see sense on this issue. These services need and deserve public support and the cuts should be resisted.” ENDS

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