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Thursday 23 November 2017

'I'll have to walk from Swords to the airport' - Reality hits commuters as Dublin Bus strikes loom

Kate Kulaga will have to walk from Swords to Dublin Airport
Kate Kulaga will have to walk from Swords to Dublin Airport

Alan O'Keeffe

Worry and resignation were expressed by Dublin Bus passengers as they braced themselves for the impending strike.

The prospect of bus services ending at 9pm tonight with no service tomorrow or Friday caused dismay among bus users.

“I’ll be badly affected travelling into Dublin from Lucan. The journey will take me up to an-hour-and-a-half by bicycle,” said Shane Callan (32) from Lucan.

“The traffic is going to be mad with all the cars. I’m wondering how the bus drivers could reject the recommendation of an independent body like the Labour Relations Commission,” he said.

“Asking for double what had been recommended is a bit of a stretch. I’d have a certain amount of sympathy for them as they give a great service. The Luas drivers got a great whack of a pay rise,” he said.

Jenny Greenan (35), from Finglas, said: “How are elderly people going to get to their medical appointments?

“It’s going to be extraordinarily inconvenient for anyone who can’t use a train or a Luas. Everyone deserves a decent wage and the bus drivers have more of a case than the Luas drivers because they have to deal with the public more. I hope it gets sorted soon,” she said.

Elderly 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 as I’ll have to drive through the city traffic and look for parking,” said the woman, 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 and I hope it doesn’t rain.


“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, said “I depend on the bus very much. I need the buses 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. They should get the increase,” she said.

Aishling Young (36), from Artane, said “It will be very 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 act fast and sit down and come up with a compromise,” she said.

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