Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD, has said Minister Ross’s refusal to attend the Transport Committee to discuss transport options for rural Ireland further demonstrates his contempt for any area outside the bounds of his own constituency.

Deputy Troy explained, “The Transport Committee issued an invite to the Minster to attend next week’s meeting, at which viable rural transport arrangements would be discussed. The Minister’s response was to say he was too busy but that he was satisfied it would be worthwhile given the NTA would be in attendance.

“The role of the NTA is to implement policy, not devise it, and the excuse by him that it will be a worthwhile meeting because they will be in attendance is simply not good enough. He is the person who makes the decisions, he is the person responsible for the portfolio, and he is the person with whom the buck stops.

“His refusal to attend further highlights the disdain with which he treats rural Ireland. People are rightly angered with the effects some of his policies have had on rural Ireland. He has no problem in demonstrating his clear bias against rural Ireland and fails to acknowledge any of the challenges or concerns people face”, concluded Deputy Troy.