NTA squanders millions on consultants, while Expressway carrier threatened with privatisation
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD raised concerns about the level of consultancy fees paid out by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in recent years.
Teachta Munster was speaking at today’s meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport where representatives from transport trade unions were invited to discuss public transport and subvention levels.
Deputy Munster asked if the level of consultancy fees was due to a dearth of expertise within the NTA, especially within travel advisory services.
The Louth TD said;
“Given the extraordinary spend on consultants by the NTA, totalling over €14million in the past four and a half years, we have to ask questions about why in recent weeks Dublin Bus drivers had to take to picket lines to ensure that they received a fair level of pay. Meanwhile the NTA can spend extortionate fees to consultants, and appears to be doing its best to drive our Expressway service in to extinction.
“Questions need to be asked about the spend of the NTA particularly in light of exorbitant amounts spent on consultancy fees. Union representatives have stated that they wish to see all of the stakeholders, including the Minister for Transport, to meet together to discuss funding, subvention and future investment in public transport.
“It’s abundantly clear that the only plan that the government, the Minister and the NTA have at the moment is to reduce subvention, privatise our public transport network and the latest plan, to drive our national Expressway carrier into the hands of private operators.”