Wicklow Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey has expressed his deep disappointment that the 184 and 185 public bus services from Bray Railway station have been awarded to a UK company Go-ahead.
“I was hoping that at the very least that an Irish company would have been successful in bidding for these very important public transport routes. There are 24 routes in total being awarded in this tender and two of them are the 184 from Bray Railway station to Newtownmountkennedy and the 185 from Bray Railway Station to Enniskerry.
“I am in favour of competition but I do feel that Irish transport providers should be regarded as providing the very best in terms of cost effectiveness, reliability, and standard of service. I am very disappointed with this decision and I will be hoping that this is not the beginning of a process to outsource our public transport needs to foreign companies.”
“Fianna Fáil have introduced a bill that will make it easier for Irish companies to compete for these public tenders. We have also included a social clause which would have helped Irish transport companies compete for these valuable contracts which at the end of the day are being paid for by the Irish taxpayer.
“Irish companies deserve an opportunity to access State tenders, but all too often the large multinational companies undercut their bid. Accordingly most of the money ends up outside the State. Introducing a social value clause will address this problem by forcing the State to take into account the knock on social benefits of awarding a tender to an Irish SME”, concluded the Wicklow TD