Opinion

Friday 20 October 2017

The only thing Ross has achieved is to prove empty vessels make most noise

Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

We need to talk about Shane Ross, arguably the worst ever Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Dysfunction is evident at political level in this vital infrastructural and public service department. His absence from normal ministerial events and lack of appointments of nominees among semi-state bodies under his aegis is without precedent.

Systemic vacancies appear right across chairman posts and board directorships of several important bodies, due entirely to ministerial inaction. CIÉ, the National Transport Authority, Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail are without chairpersons. The chair is a pivotal leadership role, setting out future strategy, responsible for oversight, and a critical liaison between the minister and senior departmental officials.

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