Updated: 01/11/17 : 09:53:51
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Sligo's Filan sharply criticizes minister over another transport strike

Finbarr Filan, RENUA Ireland's, Sligo Leitrim Candidate has sharply criticized the inability of Minister Shane Ross to keep order in his Transport portfolio.

Mr Filan told Sligo Today this morning, ‘‘A transport minister can be unfortunate in having one strike. When you have three generally you are the problem.

"The ongoing disruption in Ireland's Transport infrastructure is the consequence of a lack of vision and leadership by Minister Ross.

"The consequence of this latest strike is ever greater hardship for those who get up early to go to work. An undisrupted public transport service is vital for rural Ireland.

Mr Filan continued, "It is increasingly difficult to believe that this transport minister knows they even exist.

"In fairness they are not unique for increasingly, it is clear that Mr Ross’s Department and it’s goings on are a mystery to him.

"Indeed it is such a mystery to the minister at one point recently the four state transport companies did not have a chairperson.

Stakeholder forum


When it comes to the planned strikes, Mr Filan is particularly concerned by the absence of a stakeholder forum which would include all transport companies which was promised after the Bus Éireann strike.

"This appears to have swiftly evolved into another broken promise," he added. "It is another example of how the minister is invisible both in times of strife and their aftermath.

"Irish Rail is a company facing into an uncertain future which needs leadership from the top. It is time the minister woke up, left the Department of Justice, entered the doors of his own Department and provided this.

"Instead, in a time of growing crisis for a part of our transport infrastructure which is so vital for the connectivity of rural Ireland, the doors of the Department are shut. Dialogue and leadership from the minister, not the politics of laissez faire laissez passer, is required to resolve the problems besetting a company with an uncertain future.

"It would be a good idea if the minister started this process today,’’ concluded the Sligo-based RENUA candidate.