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Minister urged to get back on track with public transport forum commitment – Munster

2 November, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today accused Minister for Transport Shane Ross of being “content” that rail passengers are being inconvenienced by the ongoing dispute at Iarnród Éireann.

Deputy Munster said:

“Minister Ross gave a firm commitment that a forum involving all stakeholders would be established after the Bus Éireann strike. That was in March and it is now November and there is still no sign of this forum.

“This is just another example of the Minister’s disinterest in public transport. He has no regard for the workers and he has no regard for Iarnród Éireann, as he refuses to invest in the company despite being aware, for over a year now, that the company is in dire financial straits due to years of underinvestment in infrastructure.

“He cannot blame the workers for this one. Passenger numbers and current revenue are doing very well indeed, and are expected to hit record highs in 2017. The problem is the enormous deficit in infrastructural investment which only the state can provide.

“I am urging the Minster to take an interest in his portfolio. This is the third CIÉ strike in less than two years. He needs to acknowledge the problems faced by public transport and address them. A good start would be to study the Rail Review report on his desk, and to establish the stakeholder forum that he promised us back in the spring.” 

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