Thursday 22 March 2018

'I have to walk an hour and a half but I back the drivers'

Eilbhe McMonagle (33) from Navan Road, Dublin Picture: Mark Condren
Eilbhe McMonagle (33) from Navan Road, Dublin Picture: Mark Condren

Robin Schiller

AS the Dublin Bus strikes show no signs of being called to a halt, commuters are being left with little choice - including moving out of their homes to live with friends on the day of a strike.

Dublin is set for more commuter chaos with a further 15 days of strikes confirmed by unions.

Ailbhe McMonagle (33), who lives on the Navan Road, said: "It's an inconvenience to say the least, I'm staying in my friends house in Fairview so every day there's a strike I basically have to pack a lot of stuff together and move out for a day or two.

"It's costing me more money with food and coffees I get on the way, which I'd normally be able to get in work," says Ailbhe.

"I don't really mind the strikes but I just want it to be over and done with. The drivers should just get their increase and get it over with."

Dean Dixon (25), from Coolock, is walking into town every day during the strikes.

He said: "I've to walk into town now for work every day. It's around an hour and a half walk, which is a fair stretch. But to be honest, I don't mind the bus drivers striking. Dublin Bus connects the whole city and it's hugely important.

"The Luas covers only two lines and they got their increase, and to be honest I think bus drivers have a more difficult job, so I would support them, definitely."

Karen Gaffney (19), from Glasnevin, said she did not understand why the drivers were striking.

"When I go to college I normally walk because it's right beside where I live, but today for instance when I'm going to work, I'd get the bus. Because of the strikes I've to get a lift off a guy from work, so it's a bit of a hassle."

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