Saturday 22 July 2017

'Disruption is costing me time and money'

Foster parent and Meath county councillor Sharon Keogan. Photo: Seamus Farrelly
Foster parent and Meath county councillor Sharon Keogan. Photo: Seamus Farrelly
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

The strike by Bus Éireann drivers is costing working mother Sharon Keogan both time and money.

The foster parent and Meath county councillor from Garristown, Co Meath, said the strike, now in its 12th day, meant she had to drive an extra 120km a day to ferry two teenagers to and from school in Dunboyne.

Not only is the twice-daily commute adding two hours on to her working day, it's also costing her money.

"It's doubled my fuel costs," she said, adding the strike is costing her an average of €50 more in petrol each week.

But it's not just the money that is being wasted, she said. "It's very time-consuming. It's a journey I'd prefer not to be doing," she said.

"It's really messed our schedule up. I'm annoyed about it because it means I will now have to drive to two different schools.

"It's massively affected my working day and I'm very annoyed by it.

"Many people use that service and we're talking about a lot of kids who need to get to school in Dunboyne and to college."

And she isn't the only one in the area whose patience has worn thin. "It has caused huge inconvenience, especially for those living in Duleek who now have to go to Julianstown to get (private) buses," she said.

And as the strike drags on for close to a fortnight, Ms Keogan is hoping it will end soon.

"I just think there could have been a better solution than going on an all-out strike because for many people living outside of Dublin, Bus Éireann is a vital mode of transport," she said.

Irish Independent

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