Eugene Drennan, President of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has welcomed the publication of the outline Program for Government with its commitment to a ten-year program for the development of the road haulage industry and its vital role in the new Government’s goal of a 7% annual emissions reduction.
“This recognition of the industry and its role in Irish life is an historic first coming on the heels of An Taoiseach’s acknowledgment of the industry’s vital role during the current pandemic is most welcome. For many years the private road haulage industry suffered the indignity of having policy and regulation put upon them by the Department of Transport. In the past twenty years the IRHA has lobbied for and represented the sector to become the point of reference for road haulage. It is truly is a sign of the times and a sign of the value that a Government sees in the private road haulage industry when it is included in its new Program,” stated Eugene.
“We face many challenges in the next Government term, the recovery from COVID-19, emission reduction and Brexit. We are aware there will be many contentious issues arising from emissions reductions measures, however, our participation in the 10-year Program will ensure we are not steam rolled over by Departmental hobby horses. We will not be found wanting when it comes to playing our part in helping Irish industry recover and thrive. Inclusion by Government shows trust in a sector to be responsible, we are ready and will be fair in how we discharge our responsibility.”