Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor, Paul McAuliffe has said some Dublin based Government elected representatives failed to acknowledge their public dissatisfaction with the BusConnects plan when it came to supporting opposition calls for a review of the project.
The General Election Candidate in Dublin North West was commenting after Fianna Fáil’s Private Members Business Motion was passed in Dáil Éireann earlier this afternoon.
He said, “There are Fine Gael elected representatives around Dublin city and county that have been quite content to erect posters and host public meetings on the BusConnects proposals yet when it came to supporting our motion this afternoon, they stood into the shadows.
“Our party have recognised and acknowledged the real and legitimate fear among thousands of Dublin residents regarding these proposed changes to bus routes and services. In response, Fianna Fáil tabled its motion to provide an opportunity for the problematic aspects of the plan to be called under review but these Fine Gael representatives shamelessly voted not to.
“Despite telling their communities that they fully understood and would raise their concerns, they actively stood in the way of a review being given the go-ahead. One Fine Gael Dublin TD is even on record having previously said that the BusConnects plan has caused; “confusion, unease and distress” for those living along the routes affected.
“How can Dubliners believe what their Government TD’s have to say on BusConnects when they have proven today to have let down those they represent on the ground?
“What we have here is a very dangerous precedent; Government TD’s protesting their own close colleague’s decisions on doorsteps and in well organised public meetings but then blatantly contradicting their position in Dáil Éireann.
“It’s not the first time that the people of North Dublin have been left to see the kind of two faced hypocrisy that exists on Government benches – it’s the very same approach they had to the closure of Post Offices and the long promised MetroNorth. It is fooling no one.
“This project has its merits, I don’t dispute that but the plan is far from ideal. It certainly needs a number of amendments, in particular to ensure older people and those living away from the arterial routes still have access to bus services,” he concluded.