Friday 2 December 2016

Vision needed to avoid bus strike 'contagion'

Published 24/09/2016 | 02:30

Cartoonist: Ken Lee
Cartoonist: Ken Lee

"But fumble in a greasy till, and add the halfpence to the pence'' - WB. Yeats

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There won't be many Dublin commuters who are thinking of WB Yeats today as they struggle with the reality of the ongoing work stoppages at Dublin Bus. Many will tussle through traffic wedged and weary, others will lament the journeys that might have been if only the 33A were passing their way. Some will have solidarity and sympathy for the Dublin Bus drivers, while others will view the strike as an unnecessary nuisance, as inconvenience increasingly overrides understanding.

In one of his most celebrated works, 'September 1913', Yeats laments a time when politics was less egotistical and self-serving. It was viewed by many as a commentary on the most severe and significant industrial dispute in our history, the 1913 Lockout, as Irish workers fought for the right to unionise.

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