Friday 6 December 2019

Grow up, Mr Ross, stop playing games

Transport Minister Shane Ross Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Transport Minister Shane Ross Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins


Shane Ross might think being the transport minister is "a doddle". But for the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on public transport on a daily basis to go about their business, it's more serious than that.

The latest example of the minister's immature approach to high office comes in his handling of the financial difficulties at Bus Éireann.

A report by consultant Grant Thornton recommending drastic cuts to Bus Éireann, including the ditching of Expressway routes, is completed.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this week that Mr Ross had not read the report - even though its contents are being widely commented on in the media.

Then Mr Ross said yesterday he had met with the chair of Bus Éireann, who briefed him on the report, before he briefed the Cabinet on its contents. He went to great pains to emphasise there are a number of drafts of the report and "the report is not a plan".

An actual plan is, however, being drafted by the management of the company, which will undoubtedly be influenced by the Grant Thornton report.

It is not unreasonable to expect the minister responsible would have read the advice available in its entirety.

Either Mr Ross is a joker or he thinks the public are jokers. It doesn't really matter. He needs to stop playing games around reports and start to reassure the public that he is acting in its interests.

Irish Independent

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