Transport Minister Urged To Intervene In Bus Dispute

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An Ennis-based retail lobby group is making an urgent appeal to the Transport Minister to intervene in the Bus Éireann dispute.

Retail Excellence Ireland says it’s been inundated with calls from businesses who are concerned over the massive impact of a potential strike.

Bus Éireann was expected to outline today whether it will press ahead with unilateral cuts to employee pay but so far there has been no announcement.


With the possibility of an all-out strike still on the cards following the collapse of talks at the workplace relations commission earlier this week, customers are facing the prospect of having no bus services.

The Taoiseach yesterday appealed to management and unions at Bus Éireann to sit down and resolve the dispute, and reassured that if expressway services are cut, the National Transport Authority will step in to ‘ensure connectivity’.

Killaloe Councillor Tony’ O’Brien, who is an executive member of the NBRU says bus drivers are prepared to strike but are still hoping they won’t need to:

Ennis-based retail lobby group Retail Excellence Ireland fears a strike could result in a 60% drop in business for it’s members.

Head of Public Affairs and Communications Lorraine Higgins is urging the Transport Minister to step in and resolve the dispute once and for all.