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Junior Transport Minister says 'pity' Bus Eireann strike took place

JUNIOR Minister for Transport Alan Kelly said it was a pity that there had to be strike before the industrial dispute in Bus Eireann was resolved.

He said he was hoping the new deal worked out in the Labour Relations Commission would be accepted by Bus Eireann workers in their ballot, so that the cost savings could be implemented by the June 1 deadline.

"It's absolutely critical for the company and indeed, to be frank, it was critical for public transport in general that these savings were made," he said.

Mr Kelly said he did not think the two day strike would have a lasting impact on the company's future.

"The company was projected to lose €11m this year. It wasn't sustainable. Now they have a working arrangement that will put the company onto a sustainable footing," he said.

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