Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy has said that Minister Ross’ unwillingness to appoint members to the boards of a variety of public transport bodies is severely hampering their ability to stabilise themselves, and to position themselves for growth into the future.

Deputy Troy was commenting after it emerged that a large number of positions on the boards of the National Transport Authority, CIÉ, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail remain unfilled.

“To make matters even worse, the position of chairperson on each of the boards of Bus Éireann, Irish Rail and CIÉ also remain unfilled with Dublin Bus’ Chairperson also set to step aside next month.

“The failure by Minister Ross to make these appointments is deeply destabilising for Irish public transport.

“Minister Ross clearly places no priority on safeguarding vital public services. Due to his inaction, these companies remain without proper governance structures which can cause enormous problems.

“Irish public transport is going through a period of profound change. Each of these companies needs a full complement of board members to support the management in these turbulent times.

“Fianna Fáil has repeatedly raised Minister Ross’ intransigence when it comes to board appointments over the past 12 months, and every time, it has fallen on deaf ears, both in the Department of Transport and in the Taoiseach’s Department.

“Funnily enough, Minister Ross has no such qualms about interfering in appointments that have no direct relationship to his role as Minister for Transport.

“I’ll say it again: Minister Ross needs to focus on his day job, appoint these board members and ensure that the public transport sector has the governance support to deliver the best service it can to the people of Ireland.

“The Taoiseach must surely intervene at this stage and direct the Minister to do his job,” concluded Troy.