LETTER TO CLERK TO JOINT COMMITTEE FROM THE DUBLIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
I have been asked to refer to your letter of 2nd April and to say that in the short time available to forward views to the Joint Committee on the operations of Córas Iompair Éireann I have been directed to submit the following:—
(a)Córas Iompair Éireann should be asked to state what services they cannot operate at a profit. Having ascertained that they should be then asked to indicate what subsidy they need in order to break even and the Government should then decide if such subsidy should be given for social grounds. Private enterprise should be asked to bid for operating such services.
(b)When competing with private enterprise CIE should be competitive particularly in the area of road haulage and country buses. If they can operate only at a loss they should not be allowed to continue to operate these services.
(c)The rail services should be allowed to continue to operate as in the event of a fuel crisis this service would be vital for the continued economic life of the country.
I hope these few comments will be of some assistance to your Committee.
J. B. O’CONNELL,
17 April, 1979.