Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jim O’Callaghan
Dublin Bay South

17 February 2016

Paschal Donohue invites people to get their dancing shoes on while failing at least 90,000 Dublin LUAS commuters who will have to walk to work –  O’Callaghan

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Bay South Cllr Jim O’Callaghan has accused Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe of  failing in his public obligations to get all parties together to resolve the LUAS drivers’ dispute ahead of tomorrow’s stoppage.

“Tomorrow’s strike action will again see at least 90,000 people seriously inconvenienced as they try to get to work, appointments or college.

“The Minister’s response to the LUAS dispute is damning in its ineffectiveness.  His press release on the issue posted on his website two days ago simply states that he is ‘extremely disappointed’.

“Where is the urgent plea and back-channel communications to come to a resolution on behalf of 90,000 Dublin commuters facing very difficult transport problems?

“This morning we saw the Minister doing a media event to invite people to get their dancing shoes on at the launch of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2016.  Does he not realise that there will be a cloud over this year’s celebrations as St. Patrick’s Day is set for further LUAS work stoppages resulting in more disruption on our national holiday for tourists and commuters.

“Pascal Donohue is both the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Tourism – but he is failing badly in both jobs as he is saying and doing nothing to try to prevent this strike action and the great inconvenience it will cause for commuters and tourists alike.

“At the very least he should be stating clearly and loudly that this is an unacceptable disruption to a vital public service and, accordingly, he should be seeking the urgent intervention of the Labour Court and demand a suspension of industrial action pending such an emergency hearing.

“We need a Minister who is less of a passenger when it comes to managing his responsibilities and more of a driver,” urged Cllr O’Callaghan.