Saturday 23 September 2017

Ross accused of 'sabotaging' public transport network

Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Transport Minister Shane Ross has been accused of “sabotaging” the public transport network.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Mr Ross’s refusal to intervene in the Bus Éireann dispute as a “disastrous” policy.

Speaking during ‘Leaders’ Questions’, Ms McDonald said cities outside of Dublin have been brought “virtually to a standstill” as a result of the decision by workers to go on strike.

But she said workers have taken a “brave stand against a blatant attack on their livelihoods.”

As the strike entered its sixth day, Ms McDonald said Mr Ross now needs to get involved.

“Minister Ross willingly presiding over transport grinding to a halt,” the Dublin Central TD said.

Taking ‘Leaders’ Questions’ on behalf of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Education Minister Richard Bruton said Sinn Féin’s approach to industrial relations would lead to further strife and strikes.

He said the Government cannot pull out the “chequebook” on each occasion there is industrial unrest.

Mr Bruton said he supports Mr Ross’s stance and rejected suggestions he is doing nothing.

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