Munster calls on Minister Ross to stop stalling on promised public transport forum
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today called on Minister for Transport Shane Ross to convene the public transport forum he committed to last July, and to stop stalling on the issue.
Deputy Munster said:
“Last July, in the aftermath of last year’s industrial dispute at Bus Éireann, Shane Ross made a commitment that a forum of all relevant stakeholders would convene by the autumn to discuss ongoing matters relating to public transport.
“When the forum failed to materialise last year, he indicated that it would hold its first meeting on 4th March. It is now April, and absolutely nothing has happened.
“I firmly believe that the Minister is ideologically opposed to public transport.
“During his tenure, he has overseen the privatisation of bus routes and he refused to lift a finger to address any of the public transport disputes that have taken place since he took office.
“However, Shane Ross made a commitment that this forum would take place. This is arguably the only thing he has ever agreed to do in order to improve public transport in this state.
“The Minister claims that he is stalling because of an industrial dispute. Industrial disputes are completely irrelevant to the forum. The Minister has said himself that industrial disputes will not be up for discussion at the stakeholders’ forum.
“If the Minister continues to stall on addressing ongoing issues facing public transport, disputes are going to be inevitable. He needs to arrange a date as soon as possible.”