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TSSA Demands Dublin Assurances Over Public Transport Support 

29 September 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called on the Irish Government to make clear their plans for public transport after the Minister for Transport said he wanted to ensure "nowhere is left behind" during the pandemic. 

Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan, told RTE’s Morning Ireland there would be no shortage of financial support for the country’s transport networks during the Covid crisis, well into next year. 

TSSA – the trade union for the transport and travel trade industries with members right across Ireland – has in recent months called for assurances on the funding of national bus and rail carrier, CIE (Córas Iompair Éireann), throughout the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. 

Responding to Eamon Ryan’s comments, Manuel Cortes said: “urgent clarification is needed from the Minister for Transport over the government’s plans for public transport – we need to see the detail without delay. 

“Ireland’s public transport system can’t be allowed to fail, not least because it remains crucial in a health emergency and economic recovery. Minister Ryan needs to tell us exactly what he means when he says nowhere will be left behind. 

“It’s not tenable to cut bus routes now or in the future, and Bus Eireann should not be forced into such a position through lack of financial support. The blame for this lies with the National Transport Authority (NTA) which for far too long has allowed private operators into the marketplace, impacting our national carrier. 

“The last thing which should be happening in a national crisis is opening up public transport to the market. We must have assurances from Ministers that the CIE group of companies will have proper support during these unprecedented times.” 

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