Tuesday 20 February 2018

New Transport minister Shane Ross says he 'won't intervene' in Luas dispute

Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said he will not get involved in the ongoing dispute between Luas drivers and the tram company operator Transdev.

The Independent Alliance TD said the dispute had nothing to do with him as it was a matter between private sector company Transdev and its staff.

Mr Ross said that it is something he is "not going to be involved in or intervene in", when speaking on RTE's Marian Finucane Show, and that it's not something a Minister "can or should be involved in".

He also admitted that he's confident a deal will be reached.

"You know these disputes are always resolved," he said.

"This one will be resolved. But it will be resolved without the intervention of the State and without the State's cheque book."

However, the newly-appointed Minister for Transport, acknowledged that any eventual deal will have implications for companies such as Dublin Bus and Iarnrod Eireann so the situation is being monitored closely.

Mr Ross' comments come as Luas drivers altered plans for their strike days next month in order to avoid disrupting students during the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams.

Initially, SIPTU had planned to stop morning trams on June 8, 9 and 10, which is the first three days of the exams.

However, they will now move the stoppage to between 6pm and 10pm instead. Tens of thousands of commuters are also set to be hit by stoppages on May 20, 26 and 27.

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