Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy TD has criticised Minister Shane Ross for his handling of the ongoing industrial dispute at Bus Éireann.

Deputy Troy said, “It’s deeply disappointing that this Bus Éireann dispute has been allowed to escalate into an all-out strike. Tens of thousands of passengers have been left without their bus service at short notice. People have been unable to travel to work, attend hospital appointments or travel to college. This strike action is causing severe hardship for people and all indications are that it will escalate in the hours ahead.

“Minister Ross has been completely absent on this issue. It’s quite frankly unbelievable that we haven’t heard his view on this situation given the chaos that now threatens to engulf our entire public transport network. Minister Ross has been aware of the huge difficulties facing Bus Éireann for many months now. His inaction has contributed to the emergence of this strike in the first place and his laissez-faire attitude is now compounding the problem.

“The lack of contingency planning by Minister Ross for a strike at Bus Éireann is shocking. There is a threat of an all-out strike occurring at CIÉ yet we have no indication from Minister Ross if he has a plan to deal with such a situation. It’s not acceptable for him to go into hiding in the hope that the problem just disappears.”