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Bus Éireann alongside popular travel and lifestyle blogger Lauren Arthurs has announced its timetables for Christmas and New Year, confirming details of services nationwide over the festive season. Buses will run every day across the Christmas holiday period – apart from December 25th – with services operating standard timetables with some slight exceptions.

On Christmas Eve all departures up to 2100 will operate to a normal timetable, apart from the following routes, which will not operate:

Route X1 – 1945 Belfast-Dublin

Route 2 – 2100 Dublin Airport-Wexford; 1830 & 2030 Wexford-Dublin Airport

Route 4 – 2000 Waterford-Dublin

Route 23 – 2000 Dublin-Sligo

Route 32 – 2045 Dublin-Letterkenny; 1945 Letterkenny-Dublin

Route 100X – 2030 Dundalk-Dublin

Route 871/890 – Expressway Eurolines services to and from London

A small number of Expressway services will operate after 2100, these include:

Route 4 – 2200 Dublin Airport-Waterford,

Route 30 – 2130 Dublin-Donegal

Route 100X – 2140 Dublin-Dundalk

If you’re getting a little bit of cabin fever on the 26th December, a full Sunday schedule will operate across the entire network, excluding the below departures, which will not operate:

Route X1 -1815, 2015, 2115, 2215 & 2315 Dublin-Belfast; 0530, 1945 & 2200 Belfast-Dublin

Route X2A – 1015, 1615, 1715 & 1915 Dublin-Belfast; 0645 & 1445 Belfast-Dublin

Route X5 – 0930, 1130, 1330, 1530, 1730 & 1930 Dublin-Newry; 0815 & 1015 Belfast-Dublin; 0915 Belfast-Newry; 0715, 1315, 1515 & 1715 Newry-Dublin

Route 32 – 0030 Letterkenny-Dublin

Route 40 – 0940 Cork-Waterford; 1040 Cork-Rosslare

Route 51 – 0725 & 0835 Limerick-Cork; 0725 & 0825 Limerick-Galway

Route 64 – 0625 Donegal-Sligo; 0635 & 0810 Letterkenny-Derry; 0735 Sligo-Derry

Route 871/890 – Expressway Eurolines services to and from London

However, if you’re travelling between Dublin and Belfast on the 26th December, additional departures will operate from Belfast-Dublin at 0445 and from Dublin-Belfast at 1715 & 1915.

From December 27th to 30th inclusive, a full regular schedule of services will operate on all routes.

On the 31st December, Bus Éireann will make sure you arrive to your final destination to ring in the New Year, as all services will be running a normal timetable up until 2200 (apart from 871/890 – Expressway Eurolines services to and from London which will not be operating).

With the following exceptions, services due to start after 2200 will not be operating on 31 December. However, all Expressway services will operate as normal

Route 220 – Services will resume from midnight on 1 January 2020 and operate a full timetable

For further details about any of our services over the festive season, check out www.buseireann.ie.

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Get your change ready, as prices are set to increase for passengers of Dublin Bus and Luas services from December 1.

When it comes to Dublin Bus, most fares will not see an increase.

There is no change to fares for shorter journeys or for longer journeys.

However, fares for mid-range journeys are to increase by approximately 5pc.

This increase sees journeys which usually cost €2.05 will now cost €2.15 for those using Leap Cards. 

For those using cash, a mid-range journey usually costing €2.70 will now cost €2.85. 

According to Dublin Bus, 2/3rds of cash customers can beat the increase by moving to Leap Cards. 

Use of Leap Card will be up to 28pc cheaper than cash, according to a statement from Dublin Bus. 

When it comes to Luas commuters, Luas prices will rise by 5pc, bringing them in line with Dublin Bus prices. 

There will also be the introduction of a new €1.00 city centre fare for off peak hours. 

For those who use public transport enough to reach the €40.00 adult or €30.00 student weekly cap, you'll be happy to hear that no change will be made to this cap despite the fare hikes. 

When it comes to Iarnród Éireann, fares are to increase by 1.4pc.

Outside of Dublin, some bus fares will be decreased. 

Galway, Cork and Limerick and will see a decrease in Bus Eireann fares. 

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Commuter chaos continues this morning as transport companies work to repair the damages caused by ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

With Luas services down and lengthy rail delays expected, those travelling for work this morning have been advised to check social media updates before heading off on their journey.

This morning's public transport updates at a glance:

Ianród Éireann

All services return to normal on Tuesday morning with the exception of:

  • Limerick to Balybrophy via Nenagh services cancelled (bus substitution in place).

  • 09:45 Westport to Dublin Heuston cancelled.

Delays of 10-15 minutes on a number of Intercity routes including Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare expected due to clearing remaining debris off line.

Dublin Bus 

All services operating as normal with the exception of some minor diversions. 

Routes 7d, 59 and 111 are unable to serve Ulverton Road and are using Hyde Road and Castle Park Road.

Route 66 toward Maynooth unable to serve Collinstown.

Luas tickets can be used on Dublin Bus while the Red and Green lines are down.

Bus Éireann 

All services to return to normal, though updates are expected throughout the morning. 

Some delays and cancellations are to be expected due to fallen trees.

You can keep up to date with all the latest information here. 

Luas

No services until further notice. 

The situation is to be reviewed at lunchtime today. 

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Late yesterday evening, Met Éireann extended its Red Weather Warning to the entire country, meaning all schools and many businesses have been forced to close their doors for the day. 

As ex-hurricane Ophelia makes its way across the Atlantic and over the island of Ireland, transport companies across the country are gearing up for a day of disruption and travel chaos. 

This is where we stand so far: 

Luas

Both Red and Green lines are up and running though the company has asked customers to check social media for updates throughout the day. 

Dublin Bus 

As of now, Dublin Bus services are operating as normal, though 'significant disruption' is expected during off-peak times (9.00-18.00), including the possibility of no service during this time. 

Customers have also been warned they may experience delays and disruption on those routes that are in operation. 

Iarnród Éireann 

Train services on DART Intercity and commuter are currently in operation, with the exception of the following routes:

  • Limerick Junction to Waterford

  • Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh 

A speed restriction of 80 kilometres per hour is also in place, resulting in delays of 15 – 30 minutes on the following services:

  • Cork to Dublin

  • Tralee to Cork and Dublin

  • Waterford to Dublin

  • Rosslare Europort to Dublin 

Bus Éireann 

As it stands, all Bus Éireann services nationwide have been cancelled between 5.00 and 14.00 today. More updates are expected later in the morning. 

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Three weeks after strike action began, Bus Éireann services are set to return to the roads.

 The Labour Court recommended 200 job cuts, with 120 among drivers.

The court also recommended a cut to earnings over €60,000.

National Bus and Rail Union general secretary Dermot O’Leary told the Labour Court that once a recommendation was granted, the pickets would be lifted, according to The Irish Times.

The NBRU is now considering the 17-page document of recommendations. 

The strike has caused chaos for commuters, particularly in rural areas of the country. 

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Bus Éireann services could be back on the roads this weekend. 

The Labour Court said that it will issue a recommendation in the hopes of resolving the ongoing Bus Éireann strike by lunchtime today. 

It is hoped that once this recommendation is heard, the strike will be called off.

National Bus and Rail Union general secretary Dermot O’Leary told the Labour Court that once a recommendation was granted, the pickets would be lifted, according to The Irish Times.

The strike has caused chaos for commuters, particularly in rural areas of the country. 

A ballot between Dublin Bus drivers was taken this week and saw a 78 per cent vote in favour of striking alongside Bus Éireann.

The organisation must give seven days notice of strike action, by which time the Bus Éireann issue may be rectified. 

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Dublin Bus drivers have voted to strike "in sympathy" with Bus Éireann workers.

The Bus Éireann strike is now in its 20th day, and it looks like commuters will have to face even more travel chaos as the industrial action continues.

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A ballot between Dublin Bus drivers was taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week and saw a 78 per cent vote in favour of striking alongside Bus Éireann.

Solidarity TD Bríd Smith said on Twitter today that it will force the government to "wake up."

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She wrote, "Delighted to hear that Dublin Bus drivers voted by 78 per cent to support Bus Éireann. Might wake up the minister and govt. Up the workers (sic)!"

She also the The Journal that "it's a great show of solidarity among workers."

If a strike was to take place, drivers would need to give seven days notice to the company before the industrial action could go ahead.

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The Bus Éireann strike has now reached day twenty, and a discussion to resolve the dispute will kick off at the Labour Court this morning. 

The strike has caused chaos for commuters, particularly in rural areas of the country. 

The first session of talks at the Labour Court ended yesterday afternoon after it was adjourned to "allow further talks between management and unions to clarify certain issues," according to RTÉ.

The decision was made to send the issue to the Labour Court yesterday, after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission ended without resolution. 

"After 16 days of intensive negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission, talks have broken down without agreement," Bus Eireann confirmed.

"The unions have now referred a number of issues to the Labour Court and the company have agreed to attend."

The hearing will begin at 10.30am.

All Bus Éireann services are on strike, except for school bus services. 

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Today marks the 19th day of strike action at Bus Éireann.

Talks broke down for the third time after an all-night discussion aimed at rectifying the issues with the state-owned bus service. 

Unions and management at the firm have been negotiating at the Workplace Relations Commission for a number of weeks. 

The issue will now be send to the Labour Court. 

"After 16 days of intensive negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission, talks have broken down without agreement," Bus Eireann confirmed.

"The unions have now referred a number of issues to the Labour Court and the company have agreed to attend."

"The company have sought an early hearing given the urgency of the financial situation."

“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused as a result of the ongoing industrial action."

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Talks aimed at resolving the dispute at Bus Éireann are continuing at the Workplace Relations Commission this morning.

Talks were adjourned early yesterday morning without agreement.

Bus Éireann has now been striking for over two weeks, and thousands of commuters across Ireland have been impacted. 

No services, other than school bus services, have been in operation since March 14. 

Last Friday there was uproar across the country as Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Dart Services all engaged in secondary strike action in solidarity with Bus Éireann, essentially bringing the country to a stand still. 

However, the core issues of the Bus Éireann dispute still have not been resolved. 

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Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Dart services are resuming as Bus Éireann pickets have been lifted from certain stations.

The transport chaos is set to be on the mend from lunchtime. 

Almost all transport services were cancelled this morning due picketing associated with Bus Éireann.

Irish Rail has tweeted to say “we will resume services ASAP but there will be a knock-on impact until at least lunchtime.”

 The updated rail service statement reads as follows: 

DART – DART services are resuming -expect knock-on delays/cancellations until lunchtime.

Maynooth – All Maynooth/M3 services cancelled.

Drogheda – Services are resuming -expect knock-on delays/cancellations until lunchtime.

Portlaoise/Kildare Commuter – All services cancelled .

Athlone/Dublin commuter – cancelled

Sligo/Longford – all services cancelled in both directions

Cork commuter – Cork Midleton services from 11.00hrs.

Cork/Dublin –  Service are now resuming with first service 11.20 Cork/Dublin.

Tralee to Mallow/Cork/Dublin – all services cancelled in both directions 

Limerick/Dublin –  all services cancelled in both directions

Limerick/Galway – all services cancelled in both directions

Westport/Dublin – all services cancelled in both directions

Waterford/Dublin Heuston –  all services cancelled in both directions. Update: 10.15 Heuston to Waterford service will operate.

Galway/Heuston –  all services cancelled in both directions

Rosslare/Gorey/Dublin Connolly – limited service operating. 09.40 Dublin to Rosslare. cancelled.

Belfast/Dublin Connolly – limited service operating.  06.30 Newry to Connolly, 06.45 and 08.00 Belfast to Connolly are running.  09.35 and 11.20 Connolly to Belfast are running.  07.35 Connolly to Belfast was cancelled.

Waterford/Limerick Junction – all services cancelled in both directions.

Limerick/Nenagh via Ballybrophy – all services cancelled in both directions.

Dublin Bus has also tweeted to say that the pickets have been lifted, and that services will return to normal.

They have advised customers to expect delays. 

"Please note it will be mid morning before full service resumes and RTPI information is available," reads a Dublin Bus statement. 

 

 

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Commuter chaos ensued this morning when Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Dart services were all disrupted by secondary strikes.

The only good thing to come of all this inconvenience?

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Well, the Twitter banter of course.

Here's a few of our favourite tweets by commuters:

10. This one's a little rude, but we're sure some people shared this sentiment.

9. This is so true.

8. The sass.

7.The irony.

6. The Luas is the only service running today so YEAH!

5. You and me both, Shane.

4. Hipsters doing it right.

3. Taxi drivers are going to be minted by the end of the day.

2. An actual gif of everyone waiting at bus tops this morning for services that never came.

1. Some people are more angry with the Minister of Transport than the transport services.

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