Sinn Féin would stop privatisation of public transport - Dessie Ellis TD

7 March, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said today that Sinn Féin in government would stop the privatisation of public transport routes and invest in public transport services. He was speaking at the 2015 Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Derry to open the debate session on Transport.

Deputy Ellis said;

"Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann, despite doing everything to successfully weather the worst of the crisis are now being threatened by government privatisation plan.

These companies have struggled to maintain much needed services and managed to increase passenger numbers and revenue despite cuts to subsidies from the state which forced farer increases. Now they will have to compete with private operators who will drive down wages, cut services and maximise profit for their shareholders.

This privatisation of routes, 10% across the 26 counties and 100% in Waterford city, will further undermine Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus and if allowed to continue will put their futures in jeopardy. These companies provide service we cannot afford to lose and good jobs we must protect. Their contribution to our society and our economy is immeasurable.

Sinn Féin government would protect public transport services and ensure that where a routes where economically and socially important they would receive government support. Profit cannot be allowed to be the decision making factor in whether we allow rural Ireland to thrive or to decline further.

Sinn Féin in government would stop cuts to rural transport services and the rural transport programme. We would stop any move to privatise public transport routes or to undermine public transport companies. Privatisation is not just selling off our assets; it is selling off our future."