Friday 28 July 2017

Strike begs the question: How do we want our taxes spent?

Pickets at the Bus Éireann depot at Turner’s Cross in Cork city. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger
Pickets at the Bus Éireann depot at Turner’s Cross in Cork city. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger
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The poster at the protest read: "If Bus Éireann was a private bank it would have been bailed out with public funds by now." The cynicism is amusing, but it raises a fundamental question - what do we really want our public monies to be spent on?

It is true that Bus Éireann received in the region of €34m in public subvention last year, but Irish greyhound racing received almost the same amount and Irish horse racing received almost double the amount at €60m.

We have to ask ourselves if we want our public transport system to be a business or a service.

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