“I’m disgusted with the way we were treated. When you’re only a driver, you don’t count.” Those are the words of Bus Éireann’s Pierce Keane, who has driven the Clonmel-Dublin route for more than 23 years.
Commuters will today endure a 21st day of the Bus Éireann strike as a Labour Court recommendation aimed at ending the dispute is not due until lunchtime, meaning services cannot run until tomorrow morning at the earliest.
The owner of a Cork city cafe has criticised “grossly overpaid” TDs for accepting a €2,000 pay rise during a bus strike which has left major cities outside the capital without public transport for over two weeks.
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has suggested the Government may allow Bus Éireann to fold, saying while it is not the Coalition’s “preferred option”, the reality is there are “more and more private” transport firms in Ireland.
WHEN Transport Minister Shane Ross prepared to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport yesterday, he had a choice of mode of transport: he could have taken a bus to Leinster House from his home or his constituency office in south Dublin or strolled the brisk walk from his department’s main office on Leeson Lane to Kildare Street.
Bus Éireann’s strife may have come to a head with an all-out strike that has brought the country’s buses to a grinding halt, but the company’s woes and financial headaches have been mounting for years, writes.
There have been some “proper tulips” among the last 17 transport ministers, an Oireachtas committee has heard — but none who managed to bring Bus Éireann to the brink of insolvency.
Siptu has condemned a plan released by the National Transport Authority (NTA) which the union says envisages the replacement of Bus Éireann services by private bus operators on vital routes across the country.
SIPTU representatives have accepted an invitation to attend exploratory talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss the dispute at Bus Éireann which has led to scheduled strike action, which is due to commence next Monday.
The sides are in a talks process: Workplace Relations Commission officials have indicated they think there is scope for a breakthrough —but is there really any chance that Dublin Bus strikes won’t resume in time for the All-Ireland football replay this Saturday?