THE Green Party in Waterford has criticised Government TDs for “effectively trapping people in their cars” by voting down a motion that would have increased support for public transport.
A statement issued by the its chairperson named three TDs for criticism: John Deasy (FG), John Halligan (Ind) and Mary Butler (FF). They had all voted against a Private Members Bill which would have rebalanced transport spending to favour public transport by a ratio of 2 to 1. The Bill was aimed at easing congestion, reducing commuting times and connecting rural communities through increased investment in public transport services.
another example of TDs in Waterford ignoring the wishes of their electorate,
Marc Ó Cathasaigh, Chairperson of the Green Party in Waterford, was sharply critical of the vote. “This is another example of TDs in Waterford ignoring the wishes of their electorate,” he said. “The Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change voted 92% support for this proposal, but the Government have voted again to turn their face against real, positive action.”
“We deserve better that this,” he said. “CSO figures show that only 4% of people commuting from Tramore to Waterford chose to use the bus service. The service is not fit for purpose, and people are voting with their feet.”
Green Party council election candidate in Waterford East, Jody Power, also criticised the vote.“Anyone travelling the Dunmore Road can see that our transport system has serious problems, but the government’s solution is completely back to front,” he said.
“The lack of effective public transport is pushing people towards cars. This is leading directly to gridlock in our city’s streets and isolated people in rural areas like Cheekpoint and Passage.”