Anger at Murphy over bus changes in south Dublin
HOUSING minister Eoghan Murphy is facing new constituency woes and this time the source of the trouble is being provided by the buses.
Under a controversial new transport plan, fundamental differences to bus routes will see passengers having to transfer several times to get into work.
Meanwhile, unease is also rising over plans to compulsorily annex front gardens for new routes through the more upmarket areas of the city.
Although Mr Murphy’s area of responsibility is housing, the Dublin Bay South TD is being blamed for proposed changes to the bus system. And critics point out that at two recent meetings in the constituency, the absence of the minister was noted by locals. ‘People are gravely concerned about their front gardens being grabbed for bus stops – and even more unhappy about bus transfers,’ said Senator Kevin Humphreys.
Mr Humphreys added: ‘There is nothing surer to cause trouble than the suggestion to commuters they might have to give up their seat. For the commuter, a seat on the bus is like the field in Kerry.’