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Eamon Delaney: It's time for bus chief to return from Dubai and hammer out a peace deal

Published 14/05/2013 | 17:00

Bus Eireann workers picket while the company’s chairman is in Dubai
Bus Eireann workers picket while the company’s chairman is in Dubai

WHERE'S the chairman? The bus strike is causing misery to thousands of commuters, and endangering the actual existence of Bus Eireann, and yet the chairman of the semi-state company, Paul Mallee, remains 7,000km away in Dubai, in the baking heat of the Arabian Gulf. Would it happen with a private company?

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On Thursday, this newspaper revealed the whereabouts of Mr Mallee but there is still no sign of him rushing home. He was appointed chair of Bus Eireann two years ago, but soon after got a second job with Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. After which, he transferred to another job in Dubai. Meanwhile, he was chairman of our national bus company – at a remove, let us say.

In fairness, since July 2011 Mr Mallee has flown back to attend almost all of the 18 board meetings, and participated in the other one by video. But one might have expected him to return home with the onset of this crippling strike.

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