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Here we go again re a rake of reannouncements.
It’ll be like those ‘jobs’ announcements for firms who donate to Fine Gael or Labour and then get a minister to do some PR for them, announcing that they will create a certain number of jobs building a premises or developing itself but they are always spread out over the next few years.
But by then no one thinks to follow up to see if those jobs were ever created, yet the Government is never challenged on its fake job creation figures that don’t take into account retirees or emigration figures.
So now we are to be patronised by a range of ministers about how brave we were to make sacrifices, especially ones none of them had the guts or integrity to make themselves, as they leave office far richer personally than when they entered in 2011.
Another announcement for a children’s hospital, about the fifth I think, and more announcements about the same train lines and transport links that were announced already.
The reason I have zero faith in this Government’s ability to implement any plan is because of two things. Firstly, anyone who uses Connolly Station will know that it is possibly the most run-down and squalid station in the country, sitting in the midst of the most depressing cityscape where all you can see is grey, with swatches of CIE-owned wasteland.
But then when you write to the head of CIE and to the minister, amazed that only in Ireland would you have to even do that, to ask if no one in CIE has ever noticed the condition of Connolly Station, which is meant to be the welcome point into Dublin’s transport system, especially for tourists, and neither of them even respond, much less actually do anything about it.
Is it really too much to ask that someone in the Department of Transport took the time to have a 20-minute walk around Connolly Station and then arranged for every single surface that needs it to be repainted and to replace the smashed windows with boarding or Perspex coverings?
But there’s another reason. Has anyone else noticed that the edges of the green spaces where they live, and along the roads and motorways, haven’t been cut in years, so not only has there been a build-up of general filth, but grass will have grown over the ledge, onto the road.
So, if the relevant authority figures at the Department of Transport cannot even manage to organise this most basic level of maintenance of our infrastructure, how on earth are they going to rise to the challenge of providing a modern, efficient, clean, and cost-effective transport system?
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