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What are public attitudes to the Bus Éireann strike? April 6, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Any sense of how that aspect of the struggle is going? I was in a taxi earlier in the week and was surprised at how – unprompted – supportive the driver was of the workers in BÉ. Any other straws in the wind?

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1. EWI - April 6, 2017

Lots of support.

RTÉ must have had to work really hard to fill their broadcasts with the allegedly angered public 😎

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sonofstan - April 6, 2017

Listened to a bit of Morning Ireland today on the internet like and Paschal Sheehy was interviewing commuters in Cork who face up a 30- minute walk into work (and back!) as consequence of the strike. The humanity! Seriously, is a 30- minute walk something people can’t do anymore?

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WorldbyStorm - April 6, 2017

That doesn’t strike me as the definition of disruption. Its an inconvenience and for a fair few it will be worse but tbh half an hour and they should be walking or cycling it imho

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sonofstan - April 6, 2017

Although to be fair, cycling in Cork is a bit more challenging than Dublin!

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2. Pavement Trauma - April 6, 2017

A taxi driver may not be a totally disinterested party in the dispute 🙂

On Gogglebox last night the reactions to last Friday’s action were mostly negative. Make of that what you will.

I suspect for those living in Dublin the stirke has been something not much noticed .. until it affected them, then opinion divided down the usual lines.

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Starkadder - April 12, 2017

“I suspect for those living in Dublin the stirke has been something not much noticed .. until it affected them, then opinion divided down the usual lines.”

At least one relative of mine (who is in Dublin) thought the strike was only affecting rural BE lines rather than the entire network.

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3. irishelectionliterature - April 6, 2017

There’s the usual cries of privatise it, let it sink , I can get a bus to Galway for half the price and so on…… Outside of Dublin it seems a different matter as people at some stage of their lives have depended on the local bus service, be it to get to school , college or work. It also fits into the Rural Ireland being ignored narrative.
I also think Shane Ross has come out badly from it. I may be wrong but I’d imagine a certain former Taoiseach would have thrashed out a deal behind closed doors.

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Starkadder - April 7, 2017

” Outside of Dublin it seems a different matter as people at some stage of their lives have depended on the local bus service, be it to get to school , college or work. It also fits into the Rural Ireland being ignored narrative.”.

There certainly seems to be more hostility to the strikers in Cork,
where I live, than in Dublin. I’ve heard several comments from people that the strikers are being selfish and irresponsible. On the other hand, I’ve also heard people attacking the BE management, saying the strike is because of their greed and disdain for public service.

Nobody seems to have a good word for Shane Ross.

Side note: I work with a charity for the elderly, and I’ve sometimes gotten calls from older people worried they won’t be able to get to the doctor or post office ‘coz of the strike. None of them said anything negative about the strikers though.

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WorldbyStorm - April 7, 2017

Thanks Starkadder. Ross is certainly not doing himself any favours.

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6to5against - April 7, 2017

Isn’t Ross playing to his constituency?

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irishelectionliterature - April 7, 2017

Not sure that he is. He hasn’t done or said anything of use either way on the strike. He isn’t publicly pandering to to the let it go or Privatise it crowd.
There’s also the feeling that this is the type of thing that he would have been calling for the Ministers head for the lack of intervention were he writing for the Sunday Independent.

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sonofstan - April 7, 2017

Feels like the government can get away with doing F-all on a lot of issues because it’s essentially a caretaker government/ we’re waiting for Brexit/ waiting for Kenny to go.

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