Tuesday 21 November 2017

Shane Ross 'lacking in motivation' to improve Dublin's transport system - Dail hears

Transport Minister Shane Ross Picture: Collins
Transport Minister Shane Ross Picture: Collins
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

TRANSPORT Minister Shane Ross is “disinterested” and “lacking in motivation and desire” to improve Dublin’s transport system.

That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart who tonight tabled a motion that proposes the establishment of an overarching body to administer transport in the capital.

Speaking in the Dáil, the Dublin South West TD said the greater Dublin area is “growing exponentially” and that urgent action from government is required.

“People trying to get their kids to school, trying to get to work, trying to deliver goods, trying to get to college – congestion is clogging up and impeding public transport,” Mr Lahart said.

Fianna Fail's John Lahart
Fianna Fail's John Lahart

The prominent backbencher added that economic growth in the Greater Dublin area is consequently being held back due to lack of investment and forward planning.

“The major infrastructural projects that were intended to solve the growing traffic problems, have not only been paused or cancelled in some cases, but we know now Minister, that we can reasonably say, that a child born in Dublin today, will not ride a metro to the airport or travel  Dart Underground until they are about to enter post-primary school,” Mr Lahart said.

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"As a Transport Minister you’ve seemed disinterested, lacking in motivation and a desire to make a difference and certainly lacking in any vision or passion or dynamism to create solutions to the problems that face us," he added.

The motion is expected to be passed in the Dáil on Thursday.

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