Council Motion Supporting Privatisation Of Dublin Bus Routes.

I have been clear about the reasons behind my opinion that FF are wrong to oppose the privatisation of Dublin Bus routes. My position is contrary to ‘current‘ FF policy on this issue, however as an elected public representative I have just submitted the following motion for discussion at the next meeting of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council which takes place on 11th May: “That in the interests of more efficient usage of tax payers money and improved transport services for the commuters of the county, this council supports the Government in it’s tendering of a portion of Dublin Bus routes to private operators, and calls on the Government to ensure that this is done through a competitive, transparent and regulated process.”...

FF are wrong to Oppose the Privatisation of Dublin Bus Routes.

The role of a party in opposition is not just to oppose, it’s to offer the voters an alternative. Yes, there is a part to be played as a watchdog, to scrutinise the government’s actions, to keep it on it’s toes… and it’s ok to score a few points from time to time. Why then am I getting the sense that we in Fianna Fáil are opposed to the privatisation of Dublin Bus routes for no other reason than the current government is in favour. Fianna Fáil, when in power, has never shied away from privatising a state company when the conditions have been right to do so and there has been a benefit to Irish people. Privatisations in the past have brought much needed investment into tired state companies, the private sector rationalisation of bloated semi states has delivered the essential modernisation that has enabled former state companies to not only compete but also to thrive. The world is changing and the need for the government to be directly involved in certain sectors and businesses is diminishing. As our society and economy move forward there is an onus on the powers that be to take stock from time to time and to consider what areas of the economy require direct government involvement and what areas no longer do so. Whatever the case for privatising Irish Water’s operating company, it is clear that we do not privatise the water infrastructure because this is a strategic asset and must remain under the secure control of government. On a daily basis hundreds of thousands of people in the nation’s capital city...