Monday 21 January 2019

It took Varadkar 75 minutes to get to work due to Dublin traffic gridlock, Dáil told

Traffic congestion on the M1. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Traffic congestion on the M1. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
John Downing

John Downing

The Taoiseach should put Transport Minister, Shane Ross, on a bus or a tram to experience the chaos and gridlock which is currently frustrating Dublin citizens.

That is the view of former Tánaiste, Joan Burton, of Labour who delivered scathing criticisms of the Transport Minister, Shane Ross, to the Dáil.

“The seek him here, they seek him there – but he doesn’t seem to be anywhere,” Ms Burton told the Taoiseach in reference to Mr Ross.

The Dublin West TD urged the Taosieach, Leo Varadkar, as a representative of a Dublin constituency, to intervene and ensure a coordinated approach to the capital’s transport and traffic.

Ms Burton said the problems were caused by the new extended Luas tram system. And she warned that the full range of Luas carriages will not go into service until March making things worse.

The Taoiseach said he agreed with Ms Burton that Dublin traffic was now very difficult. He said his commute this morning took him 75 minutes.

“I’m not sure the problem is with the Luas,” the Taoiseach said. He added that it was more likely to be about the return of good times economically with more people working and travelling.

Mr Varadkar promised the Government would devote more effort and attention to easing Dublin’s traffic problems. But he made no reference to Transport Minister, Shane Ross, in his reply.

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