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Friday 2 December 2016

TDs slate Ross for 'laissez-faire' approach to strike

Transport Minister Shane Ross
Transport Minister Shane Ross

TDs and Senators have strongly criticised transport minister Shane Ross's handling of the Dublin Bus disputes.

Fianna Fail accused the Independent Alliance TD of adopting a "laissez-faire" approach to public transport in Dublin.

Despite claims by Mr Ross that opening up bus lanes to motorists would create legal issues, Fianna Fail's transport spokesman, Robert Troy, said the proposal should be properly considered.

"Minister Ross has been shockingly detached from the real transport problems gripping the city and seems to share no concern for the plight of commuters in Dublin," Mr Troy said.

"He has had no input whatsoever in this dispute, only meeting with Dublin Bus management for the first time eight days ago, and so far failing to meet with union representatives involved in the dispute.

"This is a truly shocking indictment of the passive approach he is taking to ministerial office," he added.

Labour Party Senator for Dublin Bay South Kevin Humphreys said it was time for Mr Ross to "prove his mettle".

He added: "Last week, Shane Ross described his transport portfolio as a 'doddle', the minister now needs to prove his mettle and bring Dublin Bus and the unions together to seek a resolution for the workers and for the commuters of Dublin."

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Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Mr Ross admitted last night that he has met with just two of the country's main public transport bodies - despite taking office over four months ago. "The Minister has met CIE and Dublin Bus and is due to meet Irish Rail and Bus Eireann shortly.

"Since assuming office the minister continues to be briefed fully by his department on all key aspects of CIE's business activities, including industrial relations matters."

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