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TSSA calls on government to support Bus Eireann

13 January 2017

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, is calling on Irish Transport Minister, Shane Ross, to intervene immediately with a promise to underwrite bus services across Ireland.

His call comes following worrying media reports that Bus Eireann is planning to “make sweeping changes to routes serving vast swathes of the country,” to head-off an anticipated loss of €7m for 2017.

TSSA has yesterday (Thurs) written to Bus Eireann seeking clarification on the company's position and seeking reassurances that the terms and conditions of members working for the service will not be affected.

Said Mr Cortes, "Bus Eireann provides a lifeline public service connecting rural zones to the towns and cities of Ireland. It simply cannot be allowed to fail which is why I'm asking Transport Minister Ross Shane to stop dithering and start sticking-up for this important transport service, it's passengers and it's workers. He should press his government to take it back into full public control if necessary.

"There are reports that the company anticipates a €7m loss this year. But in government spending terms, that's a drop in the ocean and a necessary outlay to prevent the greater economic and social cost to the country if these vital bus routes are allowed to collapse."

TSSA have asked Bus Eireann to reply to us by Monday.

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