Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD says the Government’s current policy approach to Iarnród Éireann, where it is threatening to leave the company facing the prospect of liquidation is unhelpful and counter productive. The National Transport Authority has announced that up to €1.2 million in funding may be cut from Iarnród Éireann’s subvention if the proposed strike action goes ahead.
Deputy Dooley commented, ““This unplanned and unnecessary proposed funding cut for Iarnród Éireann comes at a time when the finances of the company are in such a precarious position that it raises serious questions about the Government’s commitment to the future of Iarnród Éireann and the rail services it provided.
“The Government knows Iarnród Éireann is in a financially unstable position at present. The proposed strike action will significantly undermine the company’s financial future but this further upping of the stakes by Minister Paschal Donohue could see the end of Iarnród Éireann as we know it. The Government should come clean on its end goal regarding the future of Iarnród Éireann.
“With regard to the threatened strike action, I once again call for a concerted effort to be made to get the two sides in this dispute back to the talks table to hammer out a resolution to this row. As I have stated previously, nothing will be achieved through industrial action and strikes, which only serve to anger customers, and in this case GAA fans. Minister Donohue should be encouraging and facilitating further discussions between management and unions and ensuring that these strikes do not go ahead”.