Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley has said it is completely untenable for the Minister for Transport to remain out of the dispute impacting Luas services as new strike dates have been announced.

Timmy Dooley said: “Paschal Donohoe is the Minister for Transport, even if only for a few more weeks, and he has a responsibility to engage in this dispute and try to resolve it.

“It is utterly unacceptable that the Minister would take the view that he can simply sit this one out.  Thousands of commuters have already been affected by strike action last Thursday and Friday.

“The fact that further strike action is being planned for March 8th and St. Patrick’s Day, even after two days of industrial action at the end of this week, will be met with extreme frustration by commuters.  The action on St. Patrick’s Day also poses a risk to economy in Dublin.  Moving people around the city in an orderly and timely fashion is essential, particularly on St. Patrick’s Day when the city experiences huge increases in footfall.

“The Minister for Transport has clear obligation to intervene here to try to break the deadlocked between management and workers.  It is not acceptable for him to stay on the lines while the city grinds to a halt.”