Thursday 22 March 2018

Tourists at a loss as they fly into strike


Ryan Nugent

Tourists arriving at Dublin airport were left confused and annoyed as their trip to the capital was thrown into chaos due to this weekend's bus strikes.

Canadian sisters Jemma (23) and Alysha Mongraw (25) are in the city for both Friday and Saturday and were shocked to hear that there was a strike.

Alysha insisted that they had been extremely reliant on public transport in other European cities without a problem.

"It'll be pretty hard, because the last two places we've been in, Paris and England, we've been using public transport to do a lot of our sightseeing," said Alysha.

Scottish couple Jennifer Deane and Andrew Graham are over for the weekend and had no idea that there was a strike, before they were told that the bus stop they were waiting at wasn't in use.

"We weren't aware of any strike. We've absolutely no idea now how we're going to get around the city for the weekend. This is an absolute pain," said Jennifer.

Betsy Morris has travelled from Minnesota in the States, to Dublin with her boyfriend Matthew, and is hoping the private buses will get them around the Dublin's tourist hotspots.

"It's not exactly ideal and it's going to make things more difficult, but we'll have to try and cope with the private hop-on-hop-off buses," said Betsy.

Another Scottish couple were unaware of the strike on their first visit to the city. Nicola Costello lives in London and said that if it's anything like the UK, she's worried as to how they'll get around.

"From experience, when there's a bus strike in London, it's horrendous and affects absolutely everything. We're staying a bit out of the city so might have to get taxis a lot," said Nicola.

Clonmel woman, Anne Carey, is just back from a holiday in Chicago and had intended on visiting her brother in Ashington, Dublin.

"I'm totally lost without it. I was planning on going to see him but those plans are out the window now."

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