Thursday 26 April 2018

Minister Ross has got his priorities wrong

Transport Minister Shane Ross
Transport Minister Shane Ross
Editorial

Editorial

It is a curious fact of life that frequently it is the people with the most ridiculous ideas who are most certain of them. As the capital city was paralysed yesterday because of a pointless and utterly preventable strike, miles of cars were glued bumper-to-bumper as their drivers fumed.

All day long on the radio, as workers clocked in late for work and patients missed hospital appointments due to the rail strike, unions and management played Punch and Judy blame games. But it was the public that got clubbed about the head. Irish Rail staff tried to deflect responsibility for the misery unleashed across the country by claiming that the company's CEO was "ramping up" the current pay row.

With the prospect of industrial war and five days of stoppages in a company mired in debt, chief executive David Franks was merely stating the obvious.

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