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News that one of Dublin city centre's most noteworthy artworks, the beloved red squirrel mural beside Tara Street dart station, is being removed has hit the town hard.

The latest update from Lovin Dublin has our hearts sinking: the mural removal date has been officially confirmed along with the news that a new hotel will be built in its place. *Sigh*

The mural is set to be taken down on Tuesday, August 6, and is the latest in a string of Dublin creative spaces to be replaced with commercial infrastructure.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Portuguese environmental artist Artur Bordalo created the red squirrel mural, using a combination of painting and sculpture to create the beautiful 3D illusion.

The talented artist has created similar works in 24 fellow countries, which makes it even more shameful that one country is removing his masterpiece.

The work was constructed using rubbish and waste discovered around Dublin, like televisions, bicycle frames, used car parts, chicken wire and office materials.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The installation took a total of five days to make, and the creation was captured over two years by Irish filmmakers Trevor Whelan and Rua Meegan in their award-winning short, A Life of Waste.

Co-director and co-curator Trevor Whelan said at the time; 

“We wanted to make this film to illustrate the character, motivations and creativity of Bordalo II and to highlight the environmental dangers of our wasteful society."

"Together with an amazing, dedicated team, we overcame many obstacles to make this documentary and to bring the artist to Dublin to create one of his iconic sculptures," Trevor added.

“We are very saddened by the news that Dublin’s ‘Red Squirrel’ will be removed to make way for yet another hotel. The artwork has had a great impact on the city and has received a lot of love from both locals and tourists.”

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A woman has died after being struck by an oncoming train in Dublin this afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 2.30pm near Raheny DART station.

Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene.

There is major disruption to rail services as a result, with DARTs only operating between Clontarf and Greystones.

Dublin Bus is accepting valid train tickets for now.

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If you're travelling home today for Easter, then beware of disruptions on Irish Rail services.

The company announced that it will be carrying out "Easter engineering" works, which means services such as the DART and Intercity trips will be delayed.

Today, Easter Sunday, the DART will only operate between Connolly and Greystones, due to a line closure between Connolly and Howth/Malahide/Skerries.

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This will also cause disruption to Northern Commuter and Enterprise services to Belfast and Drogheda.

The Intercity services will run on a Sunday time table, however, the rail carrier warned that there will be some cancellations to trains throughout the day.

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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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As the Bus Éireann strike continues, other services are now also being disrupted.

Commuters face a difficult morning, as a number of Dart, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services have been cancelled or disrupted. 

"Iarnród Éireann advises customers that due to secondary picketing associated with the Bus Éireann dispute at a number of locations, extensive disruption can be expected to rail services at present," reads a statement from Irish Rail. 

"However, we cannot guarantee any services across DART and Dublin Commuter services, and cancellations on Intercity routes are also expected."

"We will also update Twitter with the latest information. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused."

Irish Rail have provided a full list of cancelled services which reads: 

DART – Extremely limited service – All DART services currently cancelled except 05.40 Bray to Malahide, and 07.00 Malahide to Bray

Maynooth – All Maynooth/M3 services cancelled.

Drogheda – Services from Drogheda/Dundalk to Dublin currently operating.  No services from Dublin to Drogheda/Dundalk

Portlaoise/Kildare – All services cancelled except 05.55hrs Heuston to Kildare and 06.35 Kildare to Heuston.

Athlone/Dublin commuter – cancelled

Sligo/Longford – 05.40 and 06.15 Longford to Dublin cancelled.  05.45 Sligo to Connolly is operating. Limited Sligo/Dublin service expected.

Cork commuter – all services cancelled

Cork/Dublin – all services cancelled

Tralee to Mallow/Cork/Dublin – all services cancelled

Limerick/Dublin – 05.40 Limerick/Dublin is operating.  Awaiting confirmation on other services.

Limerick/Galway – services from Galway to Limerick are operating. Awaiting confirmation on Galway to Limerick

Westport/Dublin – all services cancelled

Waterford/Dublin Heuston – 06.00 Waterford to Heuston operating, all other services cancelled at present.

Galway/Heuston – limited service expected. 05.30 and 06.30 Galway to Heuston is operating.

Rosslare/Gorey/Dublin Connolly – limited service operating. 05.35 Rosslare Europort to Dublin and 05.55 Gorey to Dublin is running

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

Waterford/Limerick Junction – services are operating from Waterford.  Awaiting confirmation from Limerick Junction.

Limerick/Nenagh via Ballybrophy – awaiting confirmation

Dublin Bus have advised that they are experiencing “severe disruption” to services.

The capital's bus service has not yet confirmed which specific routes are being cancelled or delayed. 

However, in Twitter replies to commuters, the Dublin Bus has advised that "all services" will be impacted. 

Twitter users have been flooding the Dublin Bus hashtag with complaints about the lack of notice given by the service. 

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Is this a little sign that travelling around the city may be getting a little bit easier?!

It has been announced that a brand spankin' new DART station is going to be opened near the Kiliney area in South Dublin.

The new stop will be called Woodbrook Shanganagh, which is being built to coincide with the government's plan to build new houses in Dublin City.

However, don't get too excited just yet, because it'll be about four years until the new station will be complete.

Still though, this will be a great addition to people living and commuting in the area!

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Following an unforeseen suspension of service on Southbound DART and Commuter services earlier today, Iarnród Éireann had initially advised passengers to allow for 25-minute delays today.

Taking to Twitter this morning, they explained that a temporary suspension of service had been put in place after a passenger was taken ill at Tara Street.

Iarnród Éireann have since advised the public that while service has resumed, delays are to be expected.

"Southbound services through Tara Street Station now resuming with delays up to 25 minutes," they initially tweeted.

Following on from this, they have updated passengers and advised the public that delays are currently easing off.

"Delays are easing, up to 15 mins at present. Not expected to impact for rest of day."

Whew!

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Dart services have been suspended this morning between Bray and Greystones after a body was found on the rail tracks.

It is unclear what caused the death of the individual who was discovered around Greystones train station and the first tunnel at Bray Head.

Commuters travelling by Dart have been asked to take alternative routes due to the incident.

Dublin Bus are accepting passengers Dart tickets to and from Greystones and bus transfers are being arranged for Greystones to Rosslare services.

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Ah, the morning commute. 

We will never get used to being packed onto the train like sardines and sweating by the time you get to your destination even though its -2 degrees outside.

And let's not forget the various questionable odours, ESPECIALLY if it happens to be raining. 

Well, we may not be able to solve all those problems but the Minister for Transport is putting in an expanded DART service for 2016 which might just make that commute slightly more bearable. 

Due to a serious increase in passenger numbers on all commuter routes, our good ol' Minster Paschal Donohoe has proposed DART services that will run every ten minutes during the week with a more reliable service put in place for the weekend. 

YES. 

And for those who look to avoid the commuter scrum, DART services will operate from earlier times on mid week mornings.

That's right, you will be able to get a train from 5:50am from Malahide, 6am from Howth and 5.35 from Bray! 

And Minister Donohue is delighted. 

“Proposed changes – which will see DART services running every 10 minutes and for longer hours – will be great news for customers as it should mean less congestion on carriages at peak times and enhanced reliability, both of which will be welcomed."

Every little helps! 

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We were warned by Met Éireann that Barney was about to hit – and those rather clever meteorologists weren't wrong either: the storm has well and truly arrived in Ireland.

Indeed, 45,000 people are currently without power: ESB says the outages have been reported in parts Clare, Offaly, Westmeath, Kerry, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wicklow.

Those in Limerick and Clare have even been told to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. 

Meanwhile, flights are being diverted from Dublin and Cork airports, while Shannon Airport has recorded a wind speed of an astonishing 129km/h. 

Furthermore, Dawson Street and Trinity Street in Dublin's city centre have now been closed for safety reasons.

And southbound Dart services are currently only operating to/from Dalkey due to a power failure near Killiney.

The Dublin Fire Brigade has instructed those without electricity not to use any naked flames for light other than candles. It added that wheelie bins may need to be tied down. 

This afternoon a Ryanair flight was forced to abort two attempted landings at Shannon – before diverting to Liverpool.

With winds at Cork and Dublin also too strong for flight FR-1183 from London Gatwick, the pilot had to safely steer the craft towards Liverpool instead. 

Aer Lingus flights to and from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol have all also been cancelled, as have City Jet planes to and from London City Airport.

Met Éireann this evening is saying that it will remain very windy, especially in the east – but that conditions will gradually ease before midnight with good clear spells developing. 

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There's some very bad news if you're planning on heading home on the train for the Bank Holiday next weekend.

Iarnród Éireann has said that SIPTU and NBRU train drivers will strike next Friday, October 23 and the following Friday, November 6, after talks between the unions and the Workplace Relations Commission fell apart.

The discussions ran into the early hours of this morning but still no agreements were made.

Iarnród Éireann said in a statement: "As a result, the threatened industrial action by drivers on Friday 23 October and Friday 6 November seems set to take place, and we apologise to customers for the disruption which would result."

"The industrial action by SIPTU and NBRU train drivers will see no train services (DART, Commuter or Intercity) operate between 06.00hrs and 09.00hrs on Friday 23 October and Friday 6 November, and the likelihood of significant disruption beyond these times due to the knock-on effect of this strike action."

So, it seems you might have to find alternative transport or stay put for the Bank Holiday!

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There is something about seeing a ticket inspector that makes you feeling guilty even when you have your ticket sitting comfortably in your pocket.

When you see that orange visor step on board there is a brief moment of panic when you think, “oh no, what if I HAVE lost it?”

While most of us wouldn’t dare to not buy a ticket on public transport (as it is exactly the same as stealing) a surprising amount of people do.

According to Journal.ie, Dublin Bus have revealed that approximately 90 people a week are caught paying the wrong or no fare on buses every week.

The team of Dublin Bus inspectors carry out random inspections on journeys, issuing €100 fines to those who have not paid their fares, or paid the incorrect amount. If the fine is paid within 21 days it is reduced to €50.

And when it comes to not paying their fares, some people REALLY chance their arm. One train commuter was caught in February using a ticket that had been expired for EIGHT months!

But, instead of charging the man the €100 fine per journey over that time period, they simply charged him the cost of each ticket… which amounted to €5,544! 

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