Thursday 18 January 2018

Editorial: Bus strike threatens chaos in the city

Dublin Bus services will be affected by the dispute
Dublin Bus services will be affected by the dispute

A SUMMER of discontent is looming on the country’s buses – unless the Government moves quickly to get the companies and unions involved around the table.

No less than six strike days are planned for May – action which will severely curtail public transport in the capital on both the May and June bank holiday weekends.

The stoppages will hit workers, students at exam time, and tourists particularly hard.

Whatever the merits or not of the Government’s plan to privatise 10pc of current services, the priority now is simple: keep the buses on

the road, by whatever means necessary.

The Government and Minister Pascal Donohoe cannot afford to stand back from this dispute for much longer.

Six days of potentially chaotic disruption, and the financial impact such action will have, must be avoided.

If Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, SIPTU and the NBRU can’t talk themselves the onus is on the Government to take the lead.


Justice done in cold case

THE ’Grangegorman murders’ – the double killing of Sylvia Sheils and Mary Callanan – is one of the most shocking

crimes in the history of the State.

Yesterday, more than 17 years after the murders shocked Dublin, serial killer Mark Nash was convicted of the crime.

This depraved individual was finally held to account thanks to a DNA breakthrough which linked his clothing to the deceased women.

Nash’s conviction sees justice finally achieved for two innocent women, murdered as they lived in their sheltered accommodation.

At times over the last two decades it appeared that this case had run cold. Ultimately, however, the truth will out.

Justice has been done.

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