City businesses concerned over Dublin bus strike

Tuesday 06 August 2013 08.12
42% of shoppers access Dublin city by bus
42% of shoppers access Dublin city by bus

Dublin city centre businesses have today expressed their fears about the potential impact of the continued Dublin Bus strike.

The Dublin City Business Improvement District, which represents 2,500 city centre businesses, said the fact that 42% of shoppers access the city by bus means that any disruption to those services is a major concern for the city's business community.

The strike at Dublin Bus today entered a second day. Trade unions have said the all-out strike - in protest at the company's cost-cutting plans - will continue for as long as they feel it is necessary.

Dublin Bus has said that proposed savings of €11.7m have to be made. The company said the strike will cost it €600,000 each working day.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has said the strike was counter-productive and could put the jobs of other people in Dublin in jeopardy.

Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin City Business Improvement District, said that early figures would suggest that footfall figures in Dublin were steady over the weekend.

He said the organisation would continue to monitor the relevant economic indicators on a daily basis while the dispute continues.

''Given the importance of Dublin city for the national economy we would call on all parties to use the apparatus of the state to come to an agreed settlement of the dispute,'' he added.

David Brennan, the chief executive of the Dublin City Business Association, has also warned of the potential damage to tourism with the strike taking place at the height of the season.