Anger at Mur­phy over bus changes in south Dublin

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By John Dren­nan

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.’

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