Imelda Munster TD calls on Minister Ross to stop extinction of Expressway service
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Imelda Munster TD today questioned Minister Shane Ross on the future of the CIÉ Expressway service, amid fears for the future of the national carrier and the jobs of 800 staff members.
Deputy Munster asked Minister Ross what steps he plans to take to secure the future of the service, including the possibility of convening a forum of all relevant stakeholders including the Minister.
Deputy Munster said:
“This is our national carrier and is an important part of our public transport network. This is not about privatisation and profit, it’s about public service, rural infrastructure and the protection of jobs.
“Minister Ross was amenable to Deputy Munster’s suggestion that a consultative forum might be a useful exercise, but refused to consider the proposal whilst industrial relations issues are ongoing.”
Deputy Munster continued:
“There is no point in discussing the future of public transport once the horse has bolted. Expressway is in jeopardy now, and it looks as though Iarnród Éireann is in serious trouble too. We need to plan for the future of our public transport network. The Minister has stood by, mute, since he took office while the NTA makes alarming policy decisions about the future of our national public transport network. He is going to have to step in and take charge before it’s too late.”