Bus Eireann Strike - Rail Disruption
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Expect disruption and cancellations
Early services from Sligo, Limerick, Waterford and Galway are already cancelled
As no part of Irish Rail is on strike, nor are any of their agents or contractors a duty of care under EC1371 exists.
Force majeure cannot be used as an excuse, EU courts have ruled actions or third party events cannot be used to avoid responsibility.
You are entitled to alternative transport, refunds, compensation for delays, up to and including overnight accommodation if your journey is not possible to complete in a day.
Cancellations so far
05.30 Galway to Heuston
05.45 Sligo to Connolly
05.50 Cork to Heuston
06.00 Waterford to Heuston
06.15 Cork to Heuston
07.00 Cork to Heuston
07.10 Waterford to Heuston
All Western Rail Corridor
Limerick - Limerick Junction - Waterford
Cork commuter services
Return workings from Dublin likely to be cancelled as a result
At High Risk
Dublin Sligo services may terminate half way due swapping with a driver from Sligo
What we know to be running
All services from Portlaoise
All Dublin area services
All cross border
05:40 Longford Dublin
06:15 Longford Dublin
05:20 Athlone Dublin
Why is Cork affected? I did not think BE and IR shared the depot there?
What legal justification is there for refusing to cross a picket line when it is a separate company's staff who are in dispute?
Iarnród Éireann has advised customers that there will be significant disruption to Intercity rail services today, Friday 24th March, arising from picketing associated with the Bus Éireann dispute. Iarnród Éireann is not a party to this dispute.
There will be limited services on the following routes:
•Dublin/Cork, Dublin/Limerick, Dublin/Galway, Dublin/Sligo, Dublin/Waterford, Dublin/Rosslare
- Heuston to Cork - 07:00hrs, 08:00hrs, 09:00hrs, 14:00hrs, 15:00hrs, 16:00hrs, 17:00hrs services will operate to Mallow only.
- Cork to Heuston - 10:44hrs, 11:44hrs and 12:44hrs services will operate from Mallow only.
- 23:15hrs Heuston to Cork/Limerick (match special) cannot be guaranteed.
Waterford Route: Services operating between Heuston & Kilkenny only.
- Limited and curtailed service with no trains serving Sligo Station.
- 08:00hrs Connolly/Sligo will operate to Longford only.
- 11:05hrs Connolly/Sligo will operate but may terminate in Boyle.
- 17:05hrs & 18:05hrs Connolly/Longford will operate.
- 07:40hrs Galway to Heuston will operate.
- 11:05hrs Heuston to Galway will operate.
- 13:25hrs Heuston to Galway will operate.
- 23:25hrs Heuston to Galway (match special) cannot be guaranteed.
- 13:36hrs Connolly/Rosslare will operate to Wicklow only.
- 18:38hrs Connolly/Rosslare will operate to Wicklow only.
There will be no services on the following routes:
•Cork Commuter, Limerick to Limerick Jct., Waterford to Limerick Junction, Limerick to Galway, Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh, Tralee to Mallow
The following services are cancelled:
•05.30 Galway to Heuston
•05.45 Sligo to Connolly
•05.50 Cork to Heuston
•06.00 Waterford to Heuston
•06.15 Cork to Heuston
•07.00 Cork to Heuston
•07:00 Sligo to Connolly
•07:05 Tralee to Heuston
•07.10 Waterford to Heuston
•07:20 Rosslare to Connolly
•09:00 Sligo to Connolly
•09:40 Connolly to Rosslare
•10:00 Heuston to Cork
•11:00 Heuston to Cork
•11:25 Heuston to Galway
•12:00 Heuston to Cork
•13:00 Heuston to Cork
•13:15 Heuston to Waterford
•13:20 Cork to Heuston
•14:20 Cork to Heuston
•15:20 Cork to Heuston
•16:20 Cork to Heuston
•17:30 Heuston to Galway
•17:35 Heuston to Waterford
•18:00 Heuston to Cork
•18:35 Heuston to Waterford
•18:30 Heuston to Galway
•19:00 Heuston to Cork
•21:00 Heuston to Cork
We will update with other services affected on Intercity routes during the day.
DART, Commuter, Westport, Belfast routes are currently operating as normal.
Some services will run to Cork (all commuter and Dublin services), Sligo and Galway from 11.00
Looks like unions forced Cork staff to return to work or IE dangled legal action as it was completely illegal.
Unclear what was going on in Cork, but seems like we are back in business and this will get a huge amount of trains back moving
This evenings special for the soccer from Dublin to Cork is ON but Limerick connection is OFF
the unions flagged this two weeks ago when it last looked like there was going to be an all out strike in BE. therefore they have allowed this to happen. whatever small amount of public sympathy they may have hoped for in the next rail dispute has just been flushed down the pan.
I guess that'll be the end of anything being done about anywhere else since in Irish Rail's eyes once Cork is all right, everything's fine.
IE and BE share facilities or sites in Limerick, Galway and Sligo, so one might expect disruption in services to and from these. However in Cork, facilities are separate, so picketing must have been outrageously aggressive and provocative. The same should be true of Waterford: any sign of sanity there?
Even in Galway, Sligo and Limerick there should be no rail stoppage if there is no dispute with IE. "Not passing pickets" is Ireland's last taboo; it's not as if the rail workers were trying to do the bus workers' jobs. It's effectively a case of secondary picketing and should not be allowed.
More less business as usual from Tralee since 12.00.
Galway as managed to get more less 2 hourly serice ex Dublin with special 17.45 to Athlone replacing the regular 17.30 to Galway and 15.30 Athlone to Heuston replacing the 14.40/15.05 ex Galway.
Just Limerick completely closed
Waterford completely closed (special 17.40 to Carlow and regular 20.15/21.35) and two Dublin restored services operating to Kilkenny.
Sligo more less closed but some service to Longford/Enfeld/Boyle.
If it goes on into Monday IE better take action.
Any information on refunds for Taxsaver tickets? Technically there is a commuter service from Longford, but I wouldn't chance taking it as there is a fair possibility of not being able to get home.
"In a statement this morning, Iarnród Éireann has advised passengers that all services are operating on all routes today."
RTE Website 0850
IE to update at 05.00 about tomorrow however they say no disruption is expected but there are rumours it could be a repeat of Friday if not worse and from hearing one or two things its quiet possible, only time will tell.
SIPTU are reportedly going to balliot IE/DB workers for action. Also looks like the protest planned for Wednesday could disrupt services.
What is the earliest a strike complying with legislation could begin? I know there has to be 7 days' strike notice but are there specified timescales for conducting a ballot?
As there is no disruption in the capital you can clearly see how bothered most people are, it's been 4 full days and there has been very very limited coverage across the media.
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