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Sinn Féin stand firm against bus routes privatisation – Ellis

13 April, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has today voiced his support for the drivers of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann who are struggling against privatisation of bus routes across the country. He went on to say that a solid public transport infrastructure is the backbone of any successful country.

Deputy Ellis said:

“Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, despite doing everything to successfully weather the worst of the crisis, are now being undermined by the government’s privatisation agenda. Drivers are now being forced to consider the route of industrial action due to the governments unwavering commitment to privatisation.

“This privatisation of 10% of routes will further undermine Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus and will put their futures in jeopardy. These companies provide a service that we cannot afford to lose and good jobs which we must protect. Their contribution to our society and our economy is immeasurable. For every country to be successful, a good place to live and to work, it needs quality transport infrastructure, public transport links and international connectivity.

“Investment in transport infrastructure and public transport and the retention of our connectivity through Aer Lingus is crucial to Ireland’s recovery and to building a society and an economy which leaves no one behind and no part of our island behind.

“Sinn Féin government would protect public transport services and ensure that where a routes where economically and socially important they would receive government support.  We would stop any move to privatise public transport routes or to undermine public transport companies. Privatisation is not just selling off our assets; it is selling off our future.

“Investing in transport for Ireland North and South is not just important it is fundamental to our countries future and a priority for Sinn Féin in government.” 

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