Category: Bus Cuts


dub-busA number of Dail deputies including Richard Boyd Barrett and Brid Smith staged a protest outside the Department of Transport Office on Leeson Lane, Leeson Street, today to highlight what they describe as the ministers “astonishing silence and indifference” over the current bus dispute in the capital. 
The deputies were joined by workers from unions representing Dublin Bus workers.
Deputy Smith claimed the minister seemed fond of high profile interventions such as those in the Rio Olympics but seemed untouched by the impact of a mass transport strike in the city. 
Deputy Boyd Barrett added that Minister Ross’s claim that he would not use the government’s chequebook to solve the dispute rang hollow in the light of the Apple tax scandal and the fact that his department had consistently cut the funding to Dublin Bus over recent years. “Whatever about taking the chequebook out if he simply pledged to restore funding to its previous levels this dispute would be over”.

A protest took place at the weekend to demand that Dublin Bus keep the No. 7 service in Sallynoggin.

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Public Meetings and protests have been taking place since last July. Following the public consultation Dublin Bus have been forced to make some concessions but residents of Sallynoggin, many of them elderly and with disabilities are furious that the no.7 will be taken out of their area leaving them with no direct route to St. Vincent’s Hospital or the city centre.
Campaigners and residents assembled at the Rochestown Lodge and marched through Sallynoggin.
Public Meeting to be held in Sallynoggin on  Monday 19th at 7.30pm

karl gillIn a meeting today between the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Councillors, including People Before Profit Councillor Karl Gillthe NTA has stated that a number of proposed changes by Dublin Bus may now not be going ahead as intended. 

The good news is that there will be no changes to 59 and 45a, the 7 will stay in Blackrock and the 111 will be retained.  But questions still remain on No.7 in Sallynoggin.

Officials from the NTA have promised:
Sallynoggin will still have a link to Dublin city and St. Vincent’s Hospital – but it is not clear if this will be the 7 as we know it.

  • No.7 to remain in Blackrock Village 
  • No changes to the no.59 in Killiney Village
  • The 111 to be retained and extended to Loughlinstown Hospital and Brides Glen
  • The 45a to remain unchanged
  • There may be a bus going on the Sallyglen Road
  • Numbers of buses to Loughlinstown remain curtailed

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poster conferenceTonight is the first event of the People Before Profit ‘A Radical Alternative Vision of Ireland’ policy programme. This event is an opportunity for people to contribute their ideas for an alternative Ireland.

The event will take place in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Sq. West, Dublin 1. The event will run on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.

 

Tonight’s event is the launch of Mike Gonzalez‘s book ‘The Politics of Water’ starting at 8pm. This will provide a great insight to the issue of water across the world and the opposition to privatisation of water which provides a context for the anti-water charges movement in Ireland.

 

Mike Gonzalez is an author and Professor of Latin American Studies in the University of Glasgow

There are a number of plenary sessions throughout the weekend which include speakers like People Before Profit TD Richard Boy Barrett, Independent TD Clare Daly, Anti- Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, People Before Profit councilors Gerry Carroll, Bríd Smith and John Lyons and author Kevin Ovenden.

 

There are also a number of workshop events throughout the weekend which include topics such as housing, disability, youth forum, TTIP and Tax Havens, Northern Ireland, poverty, low pay, the arts, and racism and immigration in Ireland to name but a few.

 

The event will close with a final plenary session titled ‘Building a New Left’ including speakers Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, Ailbhe Smyth and Cllr Gerry Carroll.

Plenary sessions:

Saturday 19th
11.30am- 1.00pm- Plenary: Pro-Choice- Why we are fighting for a woman’s right to choose.
Speakers:
Ailbhe Smyth- Chair Repeal the 8th Amendment Campaign, Convener of People Before Profit,  feminist and LGBT activist, and former UCD academic.
Clare Daly TD- Independent TD for for Dublin North and Repeal the 8th Amendment campaigner.

Fiona NicFhearghais- People Before Profit Belfast representative and SWP organiser for West Belfast

2.00-3.30- Plenary: Greece, Spain, Ireland- Debt austerity and resistance
Speakers:
Kieran Allen- Author and lecturer in UCD

Kevin Ovenden- Author of a book on Greece and Syriza, Escaping the Labyrinth.

 

5.30-7.00- Plenary: An alternative economic agenda- for people not profit.
Speakers:
Brian O’Boyle- Lecturer in Economics, St. Angela’s College, Sligo
Tom O’Connor- Lecturer in Economics and Social Policy, Cork Institute of Technology
Professor Terry McDonagh- Professor of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway

Goretti Horgan- Lecturer in Social Policy in the University of Ulster, member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network

Sunday 20th
12.00-1.30- Plenary: The battle against water charges- where now?

Speakers:

  • Cllr John Lyons- People Before Profit Councillor for Beaumont-Donaghmede and general election candidate for Dublin Bay North
  • Cllr Bríd Smith- People Before Profit Councillor for Ballyfermot/Drimnagh, general election candidate for Dublin South Central, member of the Right2Water steering group.

3.00-5.00- Plenary: Building a New Left
Speakers:

  • Ailbhe Smyth
  • Richard Boyd Barrett TD- People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, part of the Right2Water campaign
  • Paul Murphy TD- Anti-Austerity Alliance TD for Dublin South-West, part of Right2Water campaign
  • Cllr Gerry Carroll- People Before Profit Councillor for West Belfast

Link to full event programme:

http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie/2015/09/a-radical-alternative-vision-for-ireland/

busA government working group is examining the free travel scheme for those over 66 and is under pressure from the EU Commission to introduce further restrictions.

Despite public assurances, the government has failed to adequately protect the scheme.

· It has frozen the public subvention to fund the scheme for the past five years.

· It has also allowed fourteen private companies to withdraw from the scheme. This has put the state run Bus Eireann under greater competitive pressure and so they are now lobbying to bring about further changes that would restrict access by those aged over 66.

·  It has also raised the official retirement age to 66 rather than 65.

People Before Profit favours an extension of free transport – not a reduction.

Brid-Smith-2a-241x300Brid Smith, a People Before Profit spokesperson said, ‘In an age when we are threatened with climate change, we need more people to be using public transport- not less. 18 percent of Ireland’s carbon emission comes from the transport sector and so we need to encourage a greater use of public transport.

‘Any review of the free travel scheme should focus on the private transport companies who have withdrawn from the scheme.

‘They are repeatedly use a discourse about ‘a level playing field’. Well, let’s give them one on this issue. They should be forced to re-join the scheme and provide free travel for the over 66s –just like public companies.’

 
Hundreds expected at community protest against Dublin Bus savage bus cuts affecting Sallynoggin, Killiney, Blackrock and Dalkey. Assembling 1pm, Seafront entrance to The People’s Park. Dun Laoghaire and marching through Dun Laoghaire concluding with rally at St. Michael’s Church, Marine Road.
Following a public meeting of over 300 people in Sallynoggin last week, one of the biggest meetings to have taken place in the Dun Laoghaire area for years, a protest will take place in Dun Laoghaire tomorrow against Dublin Bus plans to cut and change several bus routes affecting the areas of Sallynoggin, Loughlinstown, Killiney village, Dalkey village, Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire.

Local residents across Dun Laoghaire are absolutely furious at the impact these cuts will have on a number of working class communities and particularly the elderly, the disabled and school children.

Organisers are expecting a very large turn-out.

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Around 300 people came to a meeting in Sallynoggin last night showing huge opposition to proposed changes to bus routes that would see some areas completely losing bus service. Richard Boyd Barrett TD also raised it in the Dail.

Dublin Bus and the National Transport Authority are proposing major changes to all bus routes in the greater Dun Laoghaire area.

The no. 7 is to be routed out of Sallynoggin and down the Sallyglen Rd – leaving the people of Sallynoggin with no direct route into town or to St Vincent’s Hospital.

This will cause major hardship particularly to the elderly and disabled. The service from Loughlinstown Park is to be reduced from 3 per hour to 2 per hour. The 7 will also bypass Blackrock.

The response in the area has been overwhelmingly in support of maintaining the existing bus services.

https://richardboydbarrett.ie/2015/07/14/get-your-hands-off-our-buses/