A Dublin Bus Driver Speaks



As last minute negotiations to hold off tomorrow’s planned bus strike take place at the Labour Relations Commission this afternoon.

Tina Ahern (no relation), a 16-year Dublin Bus driving veteran and member of the SIPTU [Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical] trade union, explains her and her colleagues’ predicament.


Bus strike: Transport Minister appeals for stop to 48-hour strike plans (Mark O’Regan and Louise Kelly, Independent.ie)


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36 thoughts on “A Dublin Bus Driver Speaks

    1. Owen

      When I read the discription first I thought it say ’20 year old’ and was thinking it must be a really taxing job.

    1. scottser

      i find this new, socially conscious jonotti weirdly hard to take in. i was far more comfortable with the blueshirted, bilious, masturbatory ramblings of the other one.

  1. Mark Waldron

    Tina Ahern says she has been a Dublin Bus driver for 16 years. Therefore I really hope she’s more than 20 years old!

  2. Leaning to the centre

    I can’t believe we don’t have privitisation of buses in Dublin in 2015. Dublin Bus is atrocious

    1. Bacchus

      It’s not a Dublin Bus decision, it’s a government one. It is long overdue but what I can’t understand is why the initial offer of routes are the profitable ones. Sell off the barely profitable ones first or a package of profitable and barely profitable ones. I accept unprofitable routes should remain with Dublin Bus as they are a public service and part of its remit. Ultimately it will make Dublin Bus more profitable and secure the jobs of existing drivers.

      1. Leaning to the centre

        The unprofitable ones can be sold and subsidised. They’re going to be subsidised one way or another but can still be tendered.

      1. ahjayzis

        Bus deregulation OUTSIDE LONDON.
        Can we for ONCE just flat out copy somewhere where it works? It’s £1.50 flat fare, buses are plentiful and ON TIME.

  3. Just sayin'

    Yeah, lets just preserve a government monopoly and allow them to hold the country to ransom for 7 days for something that might happen in 2019.

    Remember, the Unions walked away from negotiations at the Labour Relations Commission.

  4. Raskolnikov

    I’m upset and appalled by the whole thing. As a direct result of these strikes my mother in law is staying an extra 2 days in my house. Incredibly inconsiderate.

  5. Jeff

    Should public transport not be the preserve of the government? Selling off public services to the highest bidder reeks of UK conservatism. You just need to check out the expense/ineptitude of the privatised train routes in the UK to see why this is a bad idea. What happens when a private company decides that a route is not profitable? Well they dump it (as they will be beholden to shareholders, not the public), and screw the public.

    1. Zarathustra

      Bus Éireann also cancel routes when they’re deemed to be unprofitable, and rural areas are usually affected more than urban.

      1. Bacchus

        There is a Rural Transport Scheme (or something like that) to keep these routes running. AFAIK detailed routes are licensed and it is only with the agreement of Dept of Transport that they can be dropped or altered. This is the same for public or private sector operators.

        1. Zarathustra

          I know, but I was just pointing out that it’s not only private companies who do it; Bus Éireann have cancelled quite a few routes around the country within the past few months.

          1. The Old Boy

            The kind of rural services that stop outside Mrs Magee’s cottage and take her to Mass and back do seem to be quietly disappearing. It’s hard to justify the continued existence of the routes, given the low passenger numbers and the high proportion of travel pass holders, but is a major blow for the people who depend on those services all the same.

    2. ahjayzis

      I don’t agree with selling off wholesale, but tendering contracts appeals to me. Sell them the right to ply the route for 5 years, at the end evaluate and re-tender.

  6. Stephen

    As a regular cyclist in the city centre, I welcome this strike and hope they have them on a regular basis

    1. Owen

      I wish the cyclist would go on strike, or at least obey the rule of the road! More tickets and penalty points for you and your two wheeled comrades!

      1. Joe the Lion

        Did you have to put your spoke in? That was wheely unnecessary.

        Fupp you and the horse you rode in on.

      2. Paolo

        The majority of cyclists ignore traffic lights. Every day I have had to jump out of the way of cyclists at Baggot Street bridge as they ignore the pedestrian lights.

  7. YourNan

    I’ll be the one waving the finger at you assholes with the placards (if yer arsed to get off your bed on this nice organised holiday). Go on the privatisation, off to the dole with yis numbnuts!

    1. scottser

      are you that guy who stands at the top of grafton street, flinging your tourettes at everyone?

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