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Better more affordable public transport is crucial to attracting investment – Ellis

22 June, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Dessie Ellis has criticised the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar’s announcement that CIE fares will increase and services face further cuts. He described the move as “short-sighted and unhelpful”.

Deputy Ellis continued:

“Of course the current economic climate means we need to save money and raise revenue where possible but this will damage our competitiveness or our attractiveness to tourism and industry which is essential to recovery.

“Services provided by CIE, particularly Iarnród Éireann are already expensive and limited; many people don’t even have the option of train travel at all due to the short sighted views of previous governments. It will also be damaging to commuter communities made up of workers already facing cuts in pay and other services.”

“We need to encourage tourist and business by offering value, quality of service and easy access. This move does nothing but set that agenda back when it needs to be paramount.”

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