Bus strike: 'I depend on the bus - it will be a nightmare'
Dismay and anxiety hit Dublin Bus passengers yesterday when informed the bus strike was going ahead as early as tonight.
They expressed worry about how they will cope with the withdrawal of buses for more than two days this week, starting at 9pm. "I depend on buses to get to work in the city centre," said Brendan Ennis (19) from Lucan. "It will be 100pc inconvenient trying to cycle into town. It'll be a nightmare. It's €12 a day to park a car where I'm working so it's going to be very expensive for a lot of people," he said.
Jenny Greenan (35), from Finglas, said: "How are elderly people going to get to their medical appointments? "Although everyone deserves a decent wage, I just hope it gets sorted soon," she said.
Bus user Joan Rush (85) said: "I drive my little car from my home in Ashbourne in Co Meath and park it on the outskirts and get a bus into the city centre. It's going to be dreadful now as I'll have to drive through the city traffic and look for parking," said Ms Rush, who uses a walking stick to get around.
"It's going to be a disaster," said Kate Kulaga (31) from Swords. "I work in Dublin Airport and I cannot be late. It looks like I'm going to have to walk from Swords. "It's going to be very, very tough. It's not the company's fault but the bus drivers deserve the money," she said.
Sorcha Keogh (20), from Raheny, added: "I depend on the bus very much. I need the bus to do any socialising in town. It's going to be a nightmare. A lot of my friends depend on the Nitelink service to meet up at weekends. The bus drivers work hard giving a great service and are always nice. They should get the increase."
Aishling Young (36), from Artane, believes the strike will make it more stressful for parents of children who get the bus to school.
"The traffic will be really bad and the DART will be mental. The sides should come up with a compromise," she said. "I'll be badly affected travelling into Dublin from Lucan," said Shane Cullen (32). "The traffic is going to be mad. I'm wondering how the bus drivers could reject the recommendation of an independent body."
A Labour Court decision in July recommended a 2.75pc per year pay increase, which was rejected by drivers.