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Sinn Féin calls on Government to reverse cuts in Public Transport Safety

24 February, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport, Seán Crowe TD, has called on the Government to reconsider its decision to cut spending on Public Transport Safety following the tragic weekend events on Wellington Quay.

Deputy Crowe said, "While we await the outcome of the various investigations in to last weekends tragic Dublin Bus accident in which five people lost their lives I believe it is crucial that we put it into the context of over all public transport safety.

"The City of Dublin has undergone an enormous transformation in the last number of years. This has impacted massively on our public transport infrastructure. Increased numbers of buses on our streets and roads being closed off for LUAS construction has meant that logistically it has become more difficult to provide a safe environment for both pedestrians and motorists.

"It is in this context that I believe road safety is paramount as we work towards the developing a truly modern public transport network in the city and across the country. In this regard I would call on the Government to reverse its decision to cut spending on public transport safety by 28% that was announced in the 2004 Book of Estimates published last November."

Speaking about the tragic accident in the Dáil today during Private Notice Questions Deputy Crowe expressed his condolences for the dead and injured and their families. He paid tribute to the response of the emergency services and Dublin Bus. He went on to express concern about what action was taken in relation to reported complaints made to Dublin Bus, Dublin City Council and the Gardai about the safety of the bus stop at Wellington Quay.

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