The Minister for Transport has denied disowning his ministerial brief by agreeing to make public submissions on behalf of some of his constituents concerned about some aspects of the new BusConnects transport plan.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Shane Ross said that it is "absolutely proper" that he as an Independent TD makes submissions to the National Transport Authority about the worries his constituents have about being "cut off" by changes in the bus routes.

He said this was not political interference.

Fellow constituency public representatives, Green Party TD Catherine Martin and Fianna Fáil Cllr Shay Brennan, accused Mr Ross of "completely inappropriate" disengagement from the transport plan following a residents' association meeting to discuss Bus Connects in south Dublin this week.

Ms Martin told the programme that the minister had "distanced himself completely from his responsibilities" and told people he would not take questions about the bus plan or the NTA "as it does not come under his remit". 

She said he had failed to show leadership.

Mr Brennan said that the minister sounded as though he was in denial that he is the Minister for Transport. 

Mr Ross said it was "a local spat" and he said BusConnects will bring more buses and greater frequency to Dublin "but there are problems that must be ironed out".

He said he is charged with policy and legislation but had no part in drawing the map proposing the new bus routes and does not "micro-manage" transport issues.


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