A lifeblood for cut-off communities
It is a tale of planes, trains and automobiles but seldom a laughing matter, so Transport Minister Shane Ross will do very well if his brief remains a doddle as 2017 rumbles on.
Despite Luas strikes, Dublin Bus disputes and future threats to Irish Rail and Bus Eireann, the minister was happy to tell Ryan Tubridy last year that transport was far easier to manage than his sports portfolio. He was ignoring a four-wheeled Olympic-sized bother.
In recent times we have seen public rows over changes to a flight service to the Aran Islands before the local ferry service then came under threat. Both remain unresolved to the consternation of the 800 or so people living on Ireland's most isolated outposts.