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Monday 29 May 2017

Women in the driving seat at Dublin Bus

New drivers Tracy O’ Sullivan, Sinead Hilliard, Jennifer Dixon, Elizabeth Cummins and Rachel Dunne at the Dublin Bus training centre in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photo: Fennells
New drivers Tracy O’ Sullivan, Sinead Hilliard, Jennifer Dixon, Elizabeth Cummins and Rachel Dunne at the Dublin Bus training centre in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photo: Fennells

Laura Lynott

Dublin Bus is breaking down the gender barrier with its first-ever all-female class of graduate drivers.

The firm has 84 women drivers and is planning to increase that figure to 125 by the end of 2017.

New drivers Jennifer Dixon, Elizabeth Cummins, Tracy Sullivan, Rachel Dunne and Sinead Hilliard all became fully-qualified bus drivers yesterday.

Jennifer (26), from Castleknock, is following in the footsteps of her husband, David (28), who is a coach driver.

She said: "I'm delighted I've graduated.

"My husband is a coach driver for a private company, so there is a bit of rivalry there already because I'm driving a double-decker and he's only driving a coach.

"David is over the moon. He loves dealing with the public and so do I."

Ms Cummins (46), also from Castleknock, worked in a driving school before applying to Dublin Bus.

She said: "Becoming a bus driver is a real step up the ladder. I would definitely encourage other women to consider this as a career."

Irish Independent

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