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Editorial: Another bus strike must be avoided


Dublin Bus. File Picture

Dublin Bus. File Picture

Dublin Bus. File Picture

All sides in the bus routes privatisation dispute must redouble their efforts today to avoid another strike.

More misery looms for hundreds of thousands of bus passengers on Friday and Saturday if an agreement is not reached.

Today's talks must be approached with the utmost commitment to hammer out a lasting resolution.

The Labour Relations Commission has a vital role in getting management and unions to reach common ground to build a future for the nation's bus networks.

The Government must be ready to help provide a framework for both sides to deliver a fit-for-purpose public transport service.

Fear exists that agreeing to hand over 10pc of bus routes to private contractors will lead to further losses of routes by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann and the erosion of working conditions.

All reasonable efforts to reach a compromise must be made by all.


Time for Pat to step up

Tonight Pat Kenny must step up and prove he is the bankable broadcaster that fledgling station UTV Ireland believes him to be.

When he takes the interviewer's chair in the first outing of Pat Kenny In The Round, he will need to show he is worth his fee.

For years, he was the highest paid broadcaster in RTE.

Now, the hopes of a new television service rest on his experienced shoulders.

His strengths in handling interviews on serious subjects with ease and intelligence are appreciated by the public.

But veering off into the lighter side of the entertainment world can still be a challenge for the veteran.

His 9pm lineup at the Mansion House venue includes Lulu, Mickey Harte, and astronaut Chris Hadfield.

We wish him the best of luck.