Fianna Fáil: Shane Ross cannot ignore public transport crisis

Robert Troy is warning the Bus Éireann crisis could result in the collapse of public transport services in many communities

Fianna Fáil: Shane Ross cannot ignore public transport crisis

Robert Troy. Image: RollingNews.ie

Fianna Fáil says it will not put down a motion of no confidence in the Transport Minister.

However, the party has warned that Shane Ross cannot continue to ignore the crisis in public transport.

The Dáil will debate a motion tonight on the future of Bus Éireann with calls for negotiations on restructuring rather than cost-cutting being imposed on workers.

Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy says Minister Ross needs to step in.

Deputy Troy argued: “Fianna Fáil recognises the enormous challenge facing Bus Éireann. The emphasis should be on how we can make the company sustainable instead of just solely focusing on cutting back on services. There is a future for Bus Éireann, but this requires investment in our public transport infrastructure.

“It’s not tenable for the Minister for Transport to continue attempting to claim that he has no responsibility for dealing with a crisis which could result in the collapse of public transport services in communities right across the country," he added.

Last week, unions said industrial action at Bus Éireann is now "an inevitability" after the company outlined a new series of cost-saving measures.

It is estimated the measures, due to be implemented in February, would result in employee earnings falling by about 10%.

The plans include a blanket reduction in allowances, as well as cuts overtime rates, Sunday premiums, and sick pay benefits.