Monday 22 January 2018

'Thirteen more days? That’s crazy': Commuters fume at Dublin Bus strike announcement

City centre bus stop displays information about the strike. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 15/9/16
City centre bus stop displays information about the strike. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 15/9/16
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Dublin Bus passengers are fuming over the huge cost and inconvenience the Dublin Bus strike is having on them after the unions representing drivers announced 13 more days of strikes today.

The industrial action will bring to 15 the number of days passengers will be without service this month and next, not including the 48-hour strike taking place today and tomorrow.

David Mullen, (21), from Knocklyon, south Dublin, said he has no idea how he will get to class at Liberties College in the city centre where he is studying theatre.

Waiting patiently for his father to pick him up from school at a city centre café this afternoon, he said he agrees with the drivers’ request for a pay rise, but not at the expense of the travelling public.

“I think they deserve the pay rise but it’s going to inconvenience everyone else,” he said.

His father won’t be available to drive him to and from school next week. So his only option is paying between €16 and €20 each way to get to college, which he can’t afford.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I hope they get it sorted.”

Davey Kelleher, (28), a freelance theatre director from Harold’s Cross,  who currently has a play on at the Project Theatre in town, said the strike has already affected his performance schedule.

A production that was scheduled to run during the first 48-hour strike last week at the Mercantile Hotel had to be cancelled due to the strike because cast and crew wouldn’t have anyway to get home.

“It’s just not an option for people,” he said.

He was forced to walk into town today which took about 45 minutes which was bad enough. Now he is worried about the impact the strike will have on his play “Glow Worm” which is running as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.

“If you have to be somewhere at a particular time, it really screws things up because traffic increases exponentially,” he said.

“You’re looking at walking or getting a bike. You have to really plan your day hours in advance,” he said.

“Thirteen more days? That’s crazy,” he said.

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