Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD today put forward an amendment to a motion before the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on the Bus Éireann crisis calling on all stakeholders to get involved in talks to resolve the dispute, and seeking to establish the cause of the financial crisis at Bus Éireann. The amendment to a motion proposed by Fianna Fáil was accepted by the committee. Fianna Fáil withdrew their motion and Deputy Munster’s amendment was carried.
Deputy Munster has once again called on the Minister to facilitate talks between all relevant stakeholders, including the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport to resolve the dispute.
She also called on the Minister to carry out of a full review of the Expressway service and market, and to carry out a review of loss-making routes to establish whether the over-saturation of the market is the cause of the current difficulties in Bus Éireann.
Deputy Munster said:
“Whilst I agreed with much of the original motion, I felt that it was too vague and it needed strengthening. That is why I put an amendment to the motion and I am happy that the committee supported that amendment today.
“Minister Ross has gone missing again. The situation is escalating week by week and he is refusing to do his job. I hope that by establishing the cause of the crisis we can come to a real solution. In the meantime I hope that Minister Ross will come to his senses and take his responsibilities as Minister seriously. Our public transport network depends on it.
“No one wants to see a strike. It’s not fair on the travelling public or on the workers.”