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Minister Ross and Government ‘hell-bent on grinding country to a halt’ – Munster

28 February, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has stated ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the Transport Committee, at which Minister Shane Ross will be appearing, that the last couple of months have confirmed that a race to the bottom for workers’ rights and the privatisation of public transport are now firm government policy.

Deputy Munster said:

“It’s become abundantly clear that, despite the government’s bluff and bluster, they don’t give a damn about rural Ireland.

“The proposed cuts to routes yesterday are only the start.

“For months now, both Minister Ross and the Taoiseach have repeatedly been asked to engage with all the stakeholders to find a resolution and have repeatedly refused.

“Public Transport is a public service. It’s not supposed to be about profit-making. It’s a vital link that connects rural and urban communities.

“Where are the cuts for Bus Éireann management, the National Transport Authority and the Government for their bad policy and mismanagement?

“Sinn Féin stands firmly in support of the bus workers in their fight, not only to protect their hard-won rights and conditions, but also to fight to protect our public transport network.

“Minister Ross is due to come out of hiding tomorrow to come before the Transport Committee. In light of yesterday’s announcement of impending strike action from Monday, I hope the Minister can accept that he has overall responsibility and can no longer turn a blind eye to the looming crisis.” 

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