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Transport Minister Shane Ross and Amanda Brunker at a charity event at the weekend; Mr Ross at Store Street Garda Station yesterday

Further to the ongoing Bus Éireann strikes…

Minister for Transport Shane Ross being photographed wearing a feather boa with Amanda Brunker at a charity event last weekend…

And Mr Ross’s participation in the launch of roadside drug testing in Store Street Garda Station yesterday…

Ellen Coyne, in The Times Ireland edition, writes:

“The feather boa was actually put on me by someone for a few seconds, and somebody took the photograph,” Mr Ross said, even attempting to explain the snap, taken at a local sports club lip sync fundraiser, as part of his ministerial brief.

“I am also the minister for sport. I have to support local clubs and I’m going to continue to do that.”

Grand so. And would Mr Ross be speaking with the striking bus drivers waiting outside the garda station, as he promised?

I may or may not speak to them on the way out,” he said.

Reader, he did not.

The drivers, staging a 40-minute stakeout, guarded both entrances to the garda station eagerly hoping to speak to the minister. Tempers were running so high, that at one point the gardaí were accused of harbouring Mr Ross inside.

“Jaysus,” a bemused detective sergeant said. “He’s not tip-toeing around inside there that I can see, anyway.”

And so it emerged that Mr Ross was after pulling off another one of his notorious disappearing acts. Without notice, the minister had been smuggled out of the car park of Store Street garda station in an SUV with tinted windows, leaving the furious union members and one (ahem) unhappy colour writer waiting outside in the rain.

Tinted windows and secret exits: Ross’s VIP treatment continues (Ellen Coyne, The Times, Ireland edition)

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From top: Today’s Independent; Tony Groves

On the worst reactions to the Bus Éireann strike escalation….

Tony Groves writes:

Bus Éireann is a loss making business. Bus Éireann also receives the lowest State Subvention of the 27 EU Member States. The losses are estimated to be in the region of €8,000,000. Every day the strike continues the situation becomes even more precarious.

RTÉ, the State broadcaster that is reporting on the strikes (perhaps unfairly?) from the point of view of the disadvantaged commuter, is also loss making. They recently floated a kite looking to double the licence fee. Their losses are estimated to be in the region of €20,000,000.

What RTÉ is doing is not hypocritical, it is maybe myopic and certainly lacking self-awareness.

Independent News & Media, the largest media group in the country, is controlled by it’s major shareholder, Billionaire, Tax Exile Denis O’Brien.

INM received debt write downs of €140,000,000. This write down was at least part done by several State owned banks. This write down came from taxpayers. A billionaire tax exile got a debt write down.

INM has no moral authority when it comes to campaigning for taxpayers.

The Bus Éireann reporting is an example of selective outrage and self-delusion. Certainly things aren’t great at the Transport provider. But people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

At least not without sweeping up their own mess first.

Tony Groves is a full-time financial consultant and part-time commentator. With over 18 years experience in the financial industry and a keen interest in politics, history and “being ornery”, he has published one book and writes regularly at Trickstersworld

Earlier: Lucky For Some

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This morning.

Some Dad writes:

A majestic, lesser-spotted No.13 Dublin Bus spotted in the wild….

Meanwhile…

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Thanks Laura Gaynor

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Hueston Luas station this morning.

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

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Today

Busarus, Dublin 1 and Broadstone Garage, Dublin 7.

Bus Éireaann workers tend to picket lines during strike action by SIPTU and NBRU objecting to plans by management to impose cuts without union agreement.

Meanwhile, Bus Éireann said:

“Regrettably, today the board could not sign off accounts for 2016, or pass a budget for 2017 in the absence of agreement with staff. This is a very serious matter as the board must now formally advise CIÉ that this governance requirement will not be met.”

Bus Éireann board unable to agree budget for year (Irish Times)

Meanwhile…

Bus Éireann workers in Waterford explain why they are taking a stand for “decent rural transport.

Rollingnews

Thanks Paddy Cole

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SIPTU trade union members discuss the all-out indefinite strike over Bus Éireann’s implementation of cost reduction measures without union agreement.

Bus Éireann management has warned that the strike will worsen the company’s financial situation, which it has described as perilous.

A Bus Éireann statement said:

The Board and management have twice postponed the introduction of efficiency measures – which are all within current collective agreements, and do not affect basic wages or current terms and conditions – to allow for 10 days of talks in two separate sessions at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

We sought savings of €12m from a payroll of €133m – or 9% – but Unions were only prepared to cede €0.5m on the current overtime bill of €13m.

The efficiencies we are seeking to introduce relate to work practices, which must be put in place if the company is to have a viable and sustainable future.

Earlier: Ah Here

Yesterday: Going Nowhere

Via Siptu thanks Paddy Cole

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Ray Hernan, acting CEO of Bus Éireann

In a letter yesterday Bus Éireann’s Acting CEO Ray Hernan notified staff of the immediate implementation of reforms, and said that there was no basis for convening further talks.

In a statement this afternoon, the NBRU said the letter:

“is clearly the straw that has broken the back in terms of spelling out exactly what the real agenda is here, the new management structure at Bus Éireann have clearly signalled that they are intent on pursuing a race to the bottom in relation to workers jobs, terms and conditions.

And to reposition Bus Éireann as a low cost transport provider, mimicking some of the rogue operators that populate the so-called interurban market.”

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Bus Éireann strike to go ahead from midnight (RTÉ)

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NBRU General Secretary Dermot O Leary (second left) and SIPTU’s Greg Ennis (third left) speaking to the media outside the Work Place Relations Commission (WRC)

This afternoon.

Lansdowne House, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4

Talks between Bus Eireann management and unions at the Workplace Relations Commission have collapsed raising raises the prospect of strike action if the company moves to implement payroll savings without agreement.

In a statement the National Bus and Rail Union General Secretary Dermot O ‘Leary said:

“The NRBU has put its members on notice that we will immediately engage in an all-out strike in the event that Bus Eireann move to unilaterally implement cuts to the terms and conditions of bus workers”

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Bus Éireann bus, on the Dublin – Ashbourne route (103)

Further to the Dublin Bus driver who tied an elderly person’s shoelace who was unable to do so himself…

Aidan Strangeman writes:

On the bus home, Aisling has her handbag under the seat. The lad behind her takes her wallet out of it, and heads down the stairs to get off at the next stop.

Someone alerts Aisling, and she runs down the stairs after the lad, but by then he’s already briskly walking off down the road as the bus pulls away.

The lad probably thinks he’s getting away with it.

I don’t.

What he doesn’t know is that our bus driver is the maddest of Mad Toms: even on good days his eyes tend to work independently.

Sure enough, the bus stops, the doors burst open and out flies Tom. Even though I’m on the top deck, I can still see that Tom’s head is fully fire engine red with the rage.

He’s bulling.

He’s not having a bit of it.

The lad is a whippet with a headstart. Our Tom is shaped more like a breakfast roll with arms and legs. And yet, he’s still gaining on him with every stride.

The lad – accepting he is beaten, and probably close to emptying his bowels at the sight of Mad Tom steaming towards him – stops, turns, and lobs the wallet high over Tom’s head, which is how he gets to live to rob another day.

When Tom gets back to the bus, he hands the wallet back to a delighted Aisling, and a much-deserved round of applause breaks out.

Later, when I get off at my stop, instead of the usual “thanks”, I say “well done”, but all Tom says is “twas no bother”, as if running down pickpockets like a Mad Tom Terminator T1000 is just something he does from time to time, for the craic.

And it probably is.

*That happened one evening back in 2010, just before I got made redundant. I’m back on the buses this year and there’s no sign of Tom on the route (Bus Eireann route: Dublin – Ashbourne, 103) but if he’s still driving buses, I’d give him all the raises that he wants.

Previously: In Fairness

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New Dublin Bus fares, starting tomorrow

RTÉ reports:

“Cash fares for many Iarnród Éireann, Luas, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann services will increase from tomorrow.”

“Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said that level of the increases was “significantly less” than previous increases.”

“As Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus begin to get back on their feet again, because of more people using their services and because of additional investment from the Government, I am expecting that those sort of price increases that we saw in previous years are not repeated,” Mr Donohoe said.”

Many cash fares to rise for commuters (RTÉ)

Previously: Pulling Out All The Stops

Meanwhile On De Bus

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Pic: Dublin Bus