65 Day Bus Strike Ends

The longest city bus strike in Dublin's history ended on 9 July 1974. After a 65-day stoppage city buses are back on the streets. However, the cost of the return of service will be a hike in fares on city bus and suburban rail services.

On 8 July the busmen voted to return to work by an overwhelming majority. 

As part of the agreement the government granted a 20% fare increase to C.I.E. Dubliners had suffered 9 weeks without public transport and had to find alternative ways of getting about. Retailers in the city centre suffered massive losses as customer numbers fell.

This RTÉ News report shows buses back on the streets, people waiting at bus stops, and passengers boarding buses. John Byrne, General Manager of C.I.E., talks about the lost revenue resulting from the strike and the agreement made regarding ticket prices.

A RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 July, 1974.

Dublin Bus Strike (1974)
 

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