What is to be done? December 7, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Fianna Fáil spokesman on transport Robert Troy said his party were totally opposed to any reduction in bus services or compulsory job losses. He said Bus Éireann is losing business to the private sector and the company is not responding adequately enough.
But precious few answers.
“You could question whether he is taking this seriously at all. We cannot have a situation develop here where connectivity is at risk. Rural services have already been decimated. Mr Ross now needs to examine the subsidies available to the company and how they can be better used,” he added.
Better using subsidies, if said subsidies aren’t sufficient to cover the range of services Bus Éireann is meant to provide, or if private operators are eating into BE’s business? How does that work? And this isn’t just special pleading on behalf of BE – for the IT notes that the latest report on that organisation determined that a good €100m is necessary for it to just continue as is.
It’s very typical of a lot of FF rhetoric which dances up to the edge of a critique but then backs away rapidly from the implications of it.
And if there’s a push to privatisation, or fare increases, one can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth from FF. All to no avail. And if they’re in government they’ll be leading that process.
This would represent the third rise in the price of stamps in the past two years but David McRedmond, chief executive of An Post, said the increase coupled with cost savings of €10 million should enable the company to reach breakeven in 2017.
Of course adequately funding these services could never be an option, could it?