Thursday 8 December 2016

Dunphy lashes out at his old pal 'Mr Ross' over the treatment of striking Dublin Bus workers

Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30

Eamon Dunphy (right) with best man Shane Ross on Dunphy’s wedding day in 2009. Photo: Collins
Eamon Dunphy (right) with best man Shane Ross on Dunphy’s wedding day in 2009. Photo: Collins

Is this the end of a beautiful political friendship?

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Well, it appeared so yesterday when pundit Eamon Dunphy launched a scathing attack on Transport Minister Shane Ross, his long-time friend who served as 'best man' at his wedding.

Dunphy, who along with Ross was involved in the formation of the Independent Alliance, hit out at the Dublin Rathdown TD's handing of the bus strike.

Now referring to his old buddy as "Mr Ross", he said the Dublin Bus drivers are being treated in a "scandalous" fashion and deserved their pay rise.

"I didn't campaign for the Independent Alliance...including Shane Ross, to watch him behave like this as Minister for Transport," Dunphy said.

"These people have a real case. They haven't had a rise in eight years," he added.

When it was pointed out by RTÉ presenter Sean O'Rourke that the two men are friends, Dunphy said the Independent Alliance allows for differing views to be expressed.

"I did campaign around the country - in Waterford, Sligo, Athlone and places like that - for the Independent Alliance," Dunphy said.

"People can differ on certain matters and there is no consequence. We will see what the minister makes of my observations."

An Independent Alliance spokesperson said it has "no views" on Dunphy's comments.

Irish Independent

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