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Minister Ross needs to engage on Bus Éireann strike – Adams

29 March, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this afternoon expressed his support for Bus Éireann workers and for those who use their services.

The Sinn Féin leader briefly joined the Bus Éireann workers who were picketing the Oireachtas at lunchtime today.

Speaking in the Dáil earlier, Gerry Adams raised the issue of the bus strike.

Teachta Adams said:

“In the Programme for Government, there is a commitment to instigate a full review of public transport policy to ensure services are sustainable into the future and are meeting the needs of a modern economy.

“Today, in stark contrast to this commitment, the Government’s refusal to engage with the Unions and Management from Bus Éireann has contributed to a major strike.

“It is unacceptable that in the face of a strike that is having serious consequences for tens of thousands of citizens caused by government policy, and particularly citizens in rural Ireland and that the government has chosen to stick its head in the sand and deny any responsibility for this.

“The Government is the sole shareholder; it also has a duty and responsibility to ensure that our public services function properly and effectively. It is failing in this.

“It should agree an early debate in the Dáil on the strike and it should instruct Minister Ross to engage with the Unions and Management.” 

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