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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 17 June 2021

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Ceisteanna (75)

Bríd Smith


75. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to proposed changes to routes operating out of Clontarf garage as part of the proposed BusConnects plans and that the proposed rostered and schedules connected with this first phase of BusConnects represents a severe diminution of drivers existing rosters and schedules; if it is not the intention of Government or the NTA to use the BusConnects plans to introduce changes to drivers' existing rights or conditions without prior agreement; if he has or plans to meet with workers’ representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32211/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including BusConnects.

With regard to the Deputy's question in relation to the impact of the proposed first phase of BusConnects on drivers existing rights and conditions, I wish to advise the Deputy that the terms and conditions of employees are a matter for the relevant companies (in this case Dublin Bus) and do not fall within my remit as Minister for Transport. I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's question to Dublin Bus for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.