HANDS OFF OUR BUSES: a sample submission to the NTA

HANDS OFF OUR BUSES! Right across our city, communities are meeting in big numbers to organise resistance to the new ‘BUS CONNECT’ plan. This new ‘plan’ would see the end of many routes and big changes to others, changes that would particularly affect the most vulnerable in our communities – the old, the disabled, school kids, and young mothers. But these plans can be resisted if we stick together, like we did over water charges. The National Transport Authority (NTA), are the ones who designed the new BUS CONNECT plan. They have invited the public to make written submissions about BUS CONNECT. You can click on this link for SUBMISSION TO THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT AUTHORITY that Bríd and busworkers put together, or else copy the one below, or make your own; sign it, include your address and post your submission to: 

THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT AUTHORITY, Dun Sceine, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Lane, Dublin 2. Mark your submission RE: BUS CONNECT PROPOSALS.

Here’s what to copy and send to the address above:

SUBMISSION TO THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

RE: BUS CONNECT PROPOSALS

This submission is an outright rejection of NTA plans to remove the following routes from the Drimnagh/Crumlin area

Route 122 / 123/ 18/ 77A/ 56A/ 27 and 151

I wish to object on the following grounds:

  • No direct access to O’Connell Street
  • No direct access to Synge Street School
  • No direct access to the Assumption School Walkinstown
  • No direct access to James Hospital by bus
  • No direct access to the Coombe Hospital
  • No direct access to the Eye & Ear Hospital
  • No direct access to South Circular Road/ Camden Street area
  • Extremely negative impact on older people
  • Extremely negative impact on people with disabilities
  • Extremely negative impact on school children
  • Extremely negative impact on mothers and babies
  • Crowding on Luas at Drimnagh area
  • Anti social behaviour near Luas stops in Drimnagh area
  • Extra expense by being forced to use Luas

There is a clear social need to maintain current bus services in our area.

There is no objection to other circular routes being added but not at the expense of the most vulnerable in our community.

Signed:________________________________

Address:____________________________________________________________________

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Brid on TV3 re cervical screening and health service waiting times.

OUTSOURCING KILLS! Last night on TV3, I explained that the Scally report showed the US labs that did Irish smear tests were not accredited by international standards. Minister Harris told me, via Parliamentary Questions (PQs) in May, that they were! And subsidiaries of these labs are getting the contract again – even after their shoddy work produced results that ultimately, saw women die unecessarily.

We also saw the agony of little Sophia, with scoliosis, who is waiting for treatment for 18months.Last year Minister Harris promised no child in this condition would wait more than 4 months. But HEY! The econonomy is booming – we’re told. Happy Days – we’re told! Not for little Sophia and children like her. We have THE WORST WAITING LISTS IN EUROPE for health services – over 700,0000 people on lists. Is this a measure of our ‘success’ Minister?

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Bríd debates ‘conscientious objection’ for anti-choice doctors on TV3

Déja vu or what!! There I was on telly this morning, God love me, with Cora Sherlock, anti-Choicer, from the Repeal campaign. They act like our votes didn’t matter! What part ‘YOU LOST’ don’t they understand? But very nastily, they now want to allow doctors the right to refuse to treat women seeking abortion, and to refuse refering the woman on. Another good reason for maximum turnout on the Choice demo Sept 29th.

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BUS CONNECT PLAN – IMPORTANT UPDATE

Yesterday 5 September myself and Cllr Hazel de Nortuin, met with the Deputy CEO of the National Transport Authority in Leinster House. His name is Hugh Creegan.

We raised the issues that communities have presented to us on the problems with the local public transport that will result from the new Bus Connects Plan.

Mr. Creegan admitted that the Plan is not perfect, that they hope to find out through the public consultation process where there are weaknesses etc.

He also acknowledged “Hands up” that they had “messed up in Drimnagh” and that it would have to be reviewed and changed. That they would have to look at connection between Drimnagh and James Hospital, between Drimnagh and schools attended by local children

In Crumlin he agreed that there needs to be a review of the routes so that there is a link between Crumlin, Rathmines and Camden Street.

In Ballyfermot, we strongly emphasised the need for the bus service to be maintained through Lower Ballyfermot, a link with Heuston Station and links with schools in Clondalkin and Tallaght Hospital. And we need to keep the 18 route. He agreed a number of those areas would be looked at again.

In Chapelizod he acknowledged the need for a more frequent service and that this also would be reviewed.

On the overall issues of the attempt to privatise Dublin Bus, we indicated to him a very strong oppostion throughout the communities to any moves to privatise our bus service. Read more ›

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Brid Smith TD interviewed regarding BUS CONNECT, at Ashleaf 29.9.18

A lively protest today by residents of Drimnagh, Crumlin and Walkinstown at the BUS CONNECT plan for these communites. Brid is interviewed about why they are protesting

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Protesting BUS CONNECT plans for hardship in our communities

BUS CONNECT will cause hardship for the most vulnerable in working class communities. That’s why we protested today, marching from Drimnagh to meet with Crumlin and Walkinstown communities, to the Ashleaf shopping centre, where the NTA were displaying their very flawed plans.

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“SEARCH AND RESCUE REVIEW –  SERIOUS QUESTIONS REGARDING ROLE OF IRISH AVIATION AUTHORITY & CONFLICT OF INTEREST”

 

PRESS RELEASE – August 24, 2018

The review of Search and Rescue service, commissioned by Transport Minister Shane Ross in the wake of the R116 helicopter crash in April 2017, yet to be published, appears to indicate “serious confusion and conflict of interest” at the heart of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) operations.

The Review did not directly examine the circumstances of the crash that led to the loss of four rescuers off the County Mayo coast, but according to Brid Smith TD, (People Before Profit, Dublin South Central)  “the outcome of the review could possibly guide any investigation into the crash as to what may have gone wrong”.

The IAA is mandated as a commercial entity and has a corporate structure and this appears to conflict with its remit for safety regulatory oversight functions. Read more ›

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Bríd Smith TD ar an Nuacht, 1.8.18

Ar an Nuacht anocht, I said the government’s penny-pitching practices were behind both the outsourcing of cervical smear tests, and the current treatment of the women negatively affected

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Brid Smith TD questions Facebook executives on Dáil committee 1.8.18.

I am on the Dáil committee that questioned Facebook executives over shoddy practices, highlighted in a recent Channel 4 programme. I put a series of questions to them. They were slick and clever, but many questions remained without a clear or satisfactory answer, and in some cases facts presented to them were simply denied . You can listen to their answers on the Oireachtas web site via these links: https://bit.ly/2LLtUZu (go to the end of video); and here: https://bit.ly/2Mdx70i (see the start of the video).

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Bríd Smith TD supporting the Lloyds Pharmacy strikers

Striking Lloyds phamacy workers and their supporters rally ouside the Ballyfermot store. Bríd addresses the gathering 20.7.18

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