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Continued refusal of Minister Ross to intervene in Bus Éireann chaos represents a public policy crisis – McDonald

30 March, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the continued refusal of the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to intervene in the chaos at Bus Éireann represents a public policy crisis.

Deputy McDonald raised the matter with Minister Richard Bruton today at Leaders’ Questions

Speaking following the exchange, the Dublin Central TD said:

“The refusal of Minister Ross to do his job and finally intervene in the chaos at Bus Éireann is representative of a wider crisis in public policy in this state.

“The dismantling of essential public services and the persistent undermining of workers’ pay and conditions are core elements of this Government’s privatisation agenda.

“It is the same approach that the Government is pursuing in the areas of health, housing, and education.

“It is infuriating, though not surprising, that Minister Richard Bruton should feign shock at the suggestion that the Transport Minister should involve himself in the biggest issue facing transport in this state.

“The reality is that continued chaos, worker strife, and public anger suits the aims of Minister Ross and the Government.

“He is seeking to manufacture a false context in which can ultimately blame the model of public ownership for the crisis at Bus Éireann.

“His goal is to make public ownership the fall guy and the present a sell off as the grand solution.

“Nobody is suggesting that there are not problems to be addressed at Bus Éireann. However, the Minister is attempting to exploit these problems as a Trojan horse for privatisation.

“It is a political hoodwink. It is not in the best interests of citizens.

“It is in the interests of private investors who will only see our public transport operator as a cash-cow.

 “Minister Ross needs to wake up and realise that his agenda is creating hardship for workers and havoc for passengers.

“He needs to do his job, get involved and help to bring this dispute to a fair resolution.” 

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