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Friday 9 December 2016

Vox Pop: 'I had to walk for over 40 minutes to bring my two daughters to school'

Nicola Costello, 27, with her boyfriend Gerard Wilson, 33, from London pictured at Dublin Airport on the first day of the bus strike
Nicola Costello, 27, with her boyfriend Gerard Wilson, 33, from London pictured at Dublin Airport on the first day of the bus strike
1 May 2015; Dublin Bus drivers striking at gate of Dublin Bus Summerhill Bus Depot; Dawn Moir, left, from Clane, and Catherine Byrne, from Drimnagh. Summerhill, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Commuter Emma Nolan, from Castlenock. O'Connell Streetl, Dublin
Commuter Joseph Clarke, from Holles Street, Dublin 2
Keith Murphy
Robert MacNamara from Churchtown
1 May 2015; Commuter Stephen Gormley, from Finglas. O'Connell Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Nicola Carty from Clonee
1 May 2015; Commuter Chirleen Flynn, from Leopardstown, O'Connell Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“The strike has really affected me today, I had to walk for over 40 minutes to bring my two daughters to school, and I’ve two injured ankles as well which doesn’t help. I do feel sympathy for the drivers though ... they are right to go on strike.”– Joseph Clarke, Dublin 2

“This is a disaster for me. I am going to have to take a holiday day from work. My babysitter only lives on a bus line and has no other means of public transport available to her, she won’t be able to make it.” – Nicola Carthy, Clonee

 

“I don’t see why there is such a fear of privatisation, there shouldn’t be an issue with some competition coming into the market, so I don’t think it’s right to strike over it.” – Emma Nolan, Castleknock

 

“I think it’s right that the drivers are striking, they do have to make a stand. No buses means I’ve had to add a few minutes walk to my journey, but it isn’t too bad” – Shirleen Flynn, Leopardstown

 

“I live in Lucan and travel to work in the city centre every day so the strike will make things very, very difficult. It is an absolute disaster, especially doing it on a bank holiday. I don’t agree with it.” – Keith Murphy, Lucan

 

“I am a daily commuter travelling from Churchtown to town every day for work and don’t see why we should be held to ransom. I am very open to privatisation on certain routes ... it would be really good for the industry.” – Robert MacNamara, Churchtown

 

“I woke up this morning and forgot the bus strike was on, so it took me over and hour to walk in to town. I’m not too sure the drivers know exactly what they want, there aren’t enough specifics being mentioned about the entire dispute.”   – Stephen Gormley, Finglas

 

“I had to use a different bus service today to get down to Dublin, and although it cost a little bit extra it actually turned out to be quicker than the Bus Eireann service. I think I’ll use the new route from now on.”  – Evan Murphy, Drogheda

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