Martina Devlin: Transport providers are taking the public for ride
Happy New Year. Unless you're a regular public transport user, in which case prepare for a prolonged hangover because a Mickey Finn was slipped into your celebratory drink.
This week, public transport operators raised their fares. Tickets on everything from bus to rail to Dart to Luas had the upwards-only principle applied, even though a price rise was granted to Dart services just 10 months ago.
Maybe you're inclined to wince, then shrug -- new years tend to equal new pressure on incomes. We've been conditioned to expect it. But this is not simply yet another price hike or new bill altogether, such as the household or water charges.