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Roads and public transport continue to be neglected by Minister Ross one year on – Munster

5 May, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport Imelda Munster TD has today said Shane Ross’s first year as Minister for Transport as can be described as “a demonstration of a dangerous lack of interest in his job, in rural Ireland, and the provision of public services in this state”.

Deputy Munster said:

“The role of Minister for Transport does not suit Shane Ross. He made absolutely no impact in the Department and many parts of our transport system have fallen apart on his watch.

“Public transport has been in a state of chaos in the past year, and Minister Ross has not lifted a finger to remedy that. It is absolutely shocking that we have a situation where the future of our national carrier is on the line, and the Minister just looks away.

“It is widely known that Minister Ross has always carried a torch for Thatcherite privatisation and ruination of public services, and by allowing the problems in the CIÉ companies to escalate to crisis point, we can see the beginning of that process. 10% of public bus routes have already been privatised, and I think that we can expect the Minister and the National Transport Authority to further undermine public bus companies in this manner, a policy which has proved to be disastrous in other jurisdictions.

“His performance on behalf of his department during the budget could be described as weak, at best. He secured a pittance of an increase for our roads, given the deterioration and neglect of our roads infrastructure, both urban and rural over the past eight years. He is running a department which has been neglected and hugely under-funded for the past decade and he has delivered nothing.

“Rural Ireland will continue suffer under his watch, as it is abundantly clear that he has absolutely no interest in representing the country outside of Dublin.

“He was shell-shocked in Rio, and he seems to still be shell-shocked by his position as Minister for Transport a year in.” 

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