Morning Briefing, 15th January

Maidin Maith againn!!!

An nuacht ar an maidin seo!

Well the bastards (Bus Eireann) put up their fairs today and i didnt even know! really pissed off!!! Had the exact change ready and it had gone up. I last got a bus on firday and they had no signs up!

Any back on the news

Breakingnews reports on the confusion been made by Pat Rabbitte on wheather or not he would enter a coalition with FF.

RTÉ reports on more hangings in Iraq. When will they learn that will only make things worse.

EU Parliament now have 785 MEP’s with Bulgaria and Romania MEP’s attending for the first time! (BBC)

Some interesting debates are taking place on Right Wing World (hat tip: Sam) on various issues including the United Nations, the EU Constitution and others


Real-Time dislay for bues?!

Labour’s Transport Spokeswoman, Dr. Mary Upton has issued a press release calling on the ‘Dublin Bus and the Minister for Transport, Martin Cullen, to develop a system to display real-time data about bus arrivals at bus stops around the capital.’

This is typical of Irish Politics. Focusing transport initiatives on the capital. When will they realise that the rest of the country needs these improvements also and may be better suited to testing the system! Im not sure how these would work as they will show how bad public transport, bus wise unlike the Luas which is up this year, is in Ireland especially if they show the timetabled time and the due time. The nearest city with these displays is Belfast so maybe they should be developed by Bus Eireann in Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford where there is large suburban bus networks.

Green Party proposes tram service for Cork


Well as I said this morning the Green Party have announced their policy for Transport in Cork

Green Party Leader Trevor Sargent TD said

“Transport 21 has left Cork pretty well out of the picture with regards to future high budget transport development programmes. Much of what is proposed for Cork under Transport 21 was either already underway or has been postponed indefinitely. Other projects such as the North Ring Route around the city and the badly needed bypass for Macroom have been delayed indefinitely as they are not Transport 21 priorities. Cork does not deserve this.”

On the issue of a LUAS type system for Cork, Green Party Cork South-Central TD Dan Boyle, said

“The Green Party proposes the development of a light rail system that would see a line connecting Ballincollig to Mahon via Cork City Centre. A spur line from Bishopstown incorporating the CIT and CorkUniversityHospital would join with this line. A second phase could see a light rail system being extended to Passage West and development of light rail for the Northside of Cork City. We have already seen the huge success of the Luas in Dublin and we believe Cork should see the next roll-out of this excellent public transport system.

Green Party Cork North-Central candidate Cllr Chris O’Leary called for a Harbour bus service to be introduced.

“Cork’s version of the waterbus could see it running from the lower harbour to the City’s main street and back again, servicing Ringaskiddy, Rochestown, Cobh and Mahon to name but a few. The environmentally friendly public transport system will also act to facilitate tourism in the area as well as providing a sustainable, workable and dedicated service in Cork.

Cork City Council are already conducting a feasability study into such a scheme.

On Local Railways,Green Party candidate for Cork East Sarah Iremonger said

“Local train links should not only go to Midleton but to Youghal and eventually onto Waterford. The existing rail link to Cobh should be upgraded with more trains running, more stops added, and train stations developed on the line with proper car parking facilities.”

Dan Boyle TD also called for more buses for Cork

“The Government’s recent provision of funding for 30 new buses for city bus services included 19 buses provided solely for replacement purposes. We need the same number of new buses again to improve the capacity of the service,” he concluded.