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Healy Eames drops appeal against €100 train ticket fine

Fidelma Healy Eames has dropped her train fine appeal and has paid the €100 in full.

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FIDELMA HEALY EAMES has said she has dropped her appeal against the fine issued to her after she boarded a train without a valid ticket two weeks ago.

The Fine Gael senator received a €100 fine when she was found without a ticket on a journey from Galway to Dublin. Healy Eames said she thought she could buy a ticket on board as she had done on previous occasions.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie the Senator said she has dropped her appeal against the fine, and has paid it in full, as she thought it was important to “remove the focus” on her.

“The meeting went well, it was a robust meeting and I highlighted the issue that so many people have experienced”, she said.

Healy Eames said Iarnród Éireann have committed to initiating a review of customer communications to help ease confusion over purchasing of tickets.

Since receiving the fine Healy Eames said a significant number of people have contacted her expressing their confusion surrounding ticket purchasing policies.

“This arrangement is too confusing and absolute clarity needs to be communicated to all train passengers so people are not unintentionally breaking the rules and finding themselves fined in the process,” she added.

Iarnród Éireann last night said it had held a “constructive” meeting with Healy Eames yesterday, with its ticket sales policy being one of the topics discussed.

It added that the ticket dispute in Healy Eames’ case had been “resolved satisfactorily”.

Read: Irish Rail says Healy-Eames ticket dispute ‘resolved satisfactorily’

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