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Dublin: 2°C Thursday 20 January 2022
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Travelling to work? Don't forget, there are no Intercity, DART or Commuter services today

Don’t turn up at a train station this morning. You’ll find the doors locked

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

HEADING TO WORK this morning? Don’t forget, there are no trains this morning as the rail strike has entered its second day.

Some 90,000 people are set to be affected by the strike which began yesterday and continues on to today.

This basically means that you shouldn’t turn up at a train station as there are no services whatsoever today.

Intercity, DART and Commuter services are all affected.

Train tickets will not be accepted on any other modes of transport and traffic is expected to be particularly heavy this morning as people take to their cars to make it into work.

Dublin Bus and Luas services in the capital will also be operating as normal.

Other alternatives are Bus Éireann — services there are running as normal today.

In a statement yesterday NBRU’s General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said that it was “regrettable” that the impact of the company’s decision to cut workers’ wages has impacted on those who use the train as a mode of transport.

He added at that it was regrettable that the company’s decision seemed to be “supported it would appear by the Minister” who he said had “chosen to ignore the concerns of staff in relation to the future of the railway”.

Irish Rail insisted that it had “no option” but to implement the cost-cutting measures, while spokesman Barry Kenny said the two day action would cost the already struggling company about €2 million.

Today will not be the end, however, with further disruption planned for September. The dates flagged for further strike action are:

-         Sunday 7 September

-         Monday 8 September

-         Sunday 21 September

Read: Iarnród Éireann boss is set to return from Mauritius holiday ahead of strike action

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