THIRD level students have been hit hard by the Bus Éireann strike, especially with exams in University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) coming in the next few weeks, according to Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Aindrias Moynihan.
Commenting as the strike entered its 20th day, Mr Moynihan said that the lack of progress had an effect on students who relied on buses to get to and from the city each day.
"Students from areas such as Ballincollig and Macroom who commute daily to the city rely on the commuter service to attend lectures, lab sessions and tutorials.
"While some may be able to rely on parents to drop them into UCC or CIT, not everyone can. Students are missing classes and this will; I have no doubt, affect their preparations for the exams due to start next month," he said.
Mr Moynihan added that it is not just students who have been affected by the strike.
"It’s totally unfair on these students, as well as thousands of workers, older people and those who need to visit the city to shop or make a hospital appointment," he said.
Mr Moynihan said that the drivers and management needed to work together, but that the Minister for Transport also needed to accept that he has a role to play in this.
"Unions and management must both compromise, and the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross needs to come down from his ivory tower and accept that increased state financial support for the public bus network is necessary to bring both sides in the dispute closer.
"The strike needs to end soon for the good of the workers, the company, and all the passengers who rely on the services provided daily,” concluded Moynihan," he said.