Kildare North TD, James Lawless, of Fianna Fáil, has raised the continuing unrest across the transport sector with both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD, in Dáil Éireann last week.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Lawless said, “My constituency of Kildare North, a predominantly commuter population, is experiencing massive disruption across both bus and rail services.
“Commuters are being left literally stranded on the road side on the 115 Bus Eireann route to Kilcock and Enfield and also on the 120 route to Clane, Prosperous and Edenderry as buses fail to show up in the morning.
“The people who get up early in the mornings are the same people were being left waiting in the rain, by the side of the road while the Government stood idly by.
“I have met with the Chief Executive of Bus Eireann, Mr. Ray Hearn, and while understand that there are ongoing industrial relations difficulties within the company, this is no comfort to those late into work or drenched by the roadside when the bus has not showed.
“Tomorrow’s rail strikes will undoubtedly exacerbate the situation in North Kildare as six days of action will see commuters stranded once again.
“To add insult to injury, planned and much needed service improvements such as the ‘ten minute DART’ and additional trains through the Phoenix Park tunnel, which were to be added earlier this year, are now all on hold due to this festering industrial unrest.
“The fact is that projects like the ‘ten minute DART’ and the expansion of the Phoenix Park tunnel are flagship projects for the national rail network and it beggars belief that the Minister is so aloof as to be unaware of their progress.
Lawless concluded, “It is quite clear that Minister Ross has no interest in his brief, simultaneously despite all the spin, Taoiseach Varadkar is literally leaving the people who go to work early in the mornings stranded and wet by the side of the road.”