Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Timmy Dooley TD, has called on Bus Éireann management and unions to re-enter negotiations and seek a resolution to their current dispute.
Deputy Dooley said that with 95% of Bus Éireann services affected throughout the country for a second day, it is time that a concerted effort is now made to reach a compromise.
“For the second day in a row we have travel chaos throughout the country,” said Deputy Dooley.
“People have not been able to travel to work, college students have struggled to get to their exam halls and thousands of commuters have either had to stay at home or use private transport to go about their daily business.
“I have been extremely disappointed by the inaction of Minister Leo Varadkar in this dispute. Direction is needed from Minister Varadkar and while he has been reluctant to get involved in the dispute to date it is obvious some external leadership is required.
“We should not forget that the Government is still a majority shareholder in Bus Éireann and has more than a passing interest in this dispute. There are no winners in this strike; the company is losing €200,000 per day; passengers have been left in limbo and workers are going without pay. The sooner all sides re-enter negotiations the sooner the dispute will be resolved.
“There is a wider question about what kind of bus and transport service the Government wants in the future but the current deadlock must be resolved before that discussion can be had.
“Minster Varadkar knows he should play a bigger role in the current impasse, time is fast running out for an intervention before relations between all sides deteriorate beyond repair.