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Iarnród Eireann have informed the public that service has resumed following a tragic incident in Sallins, Co Kildare.

Earlier this afternoon, they informed passengers on Twitter that service to and from Heuston had been suspended.

"All services suspended through Sallins, emergency services attending tragic incident on line north of station. All services to/from Heuston disrupted until further notice," read the initial tweet.

They updated passengers in the hour that followed and confirmed that disruption was ongoing and significant delays should be expected.

However, their recent tweet confirmed that while delays were still to be expected, service had resumed and routes should soon be operating on schedule.

Twitter users have expressed their sympathy over the incident, and received further updates from the company with respect to individual enquiries.

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Today is set to be a crucial day for the Irish Rail strikers. 

The Labour Court is due to issue a recommendation for management and unions by this evening.

Iarnród Éireann have held a number of strikes in previous weeks, causing chaos for commuters.

The Trade Union Group will then be meeting on Friday evening to discuss the recommendation. 

Up to 150,000 commuters are left to find alternative means of transport during strike days. 

Iarnród Éireann strikers are calling for a 'no-strings attached' pay rise of 3.75pc per annum.

Three further days of action are planned for next Tuesday November 14, November 23 and December 8.

Each strike is expected to cost the transport company €600,000 in fare revenue and €300,000 in National Transport Authorities penalties.

More on this story as we have it.

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Today will see the second day of industrial action by Iarnród Éireann employees.

Employees went on strike today, leaving up to 150,000 commuters to find alternative means of transport and completely halting the country's rail travel system.

Strikers are calling for a 'no-strings attached' pay rise of 3.75pc per annum.

No train services – including Intercity, DART and Commuter routes – will run.

This is the second of five bouts of strike action from the transport company.

Further strike action will also occur on a Tuesday November 14.

This date will hit those outside of Dublin who plan to travel up for the Ireland v Denmark World Cup Play-off at Lansdowne Road.

There will also be strike action on Thursday November 23, and again on December 8.

Strikes could continue into the Christmas season if an agreement is not reached.

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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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Major transport companies nationwide have joined forces in the fight against racism.

Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Transdev, Local Link bus services and the taxi industry have launched a campaign aimed at tackling racism on the country's public transport services.

Over the next two weeks, commuters can expect to see posters displaying the message "all made of the same stuff,” popping up on various modes of public transport.

Coordinated by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, this is the biggest anti-racism campaign of its kind in Europe.

Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said: “The Immigrant Council is proud to link up with national transport agencies to promote a message of solidarity and zero tolerance towards racism.”

“The public transport system is the perfect partner as it both serves and represents the cultural diversity in Ireland.”

Approximately one in six Dublin Bus employees are from a migrant background and Anne Graham, Chief Executive of Transport for Ireland, say its diverse workforce helps to provide a  "more diverse and more mature" public transport system.

Anyone who witnesses or experiences racism on Ireland's transport is urged to email stopracism@immigrantcouncil.ie

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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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A nationwide train strike will go ahead as planned on Friday morning, it was confirmed this evening.

The planned industrial action by Irish Rail workers means there will be no DART, Commuter or Inter-City train services between 6am and 9am tomorrow.

A limited service will operate from 9am onward but disruptions should be expected. Certain services prior to 6am are expected to operate as normal.

Talks this evening between Irish Rail and the trade unions SIPTU and NBRU collapsed with no compromise reached.

The train stoppage will likely have knock-on effects later in the day, though the trains should run as normal for the rest of the Bank Holiday Weekend.

A total of 41 Dart services, 45 Dublin Commuter services, 30 Cork Commuter services, and 42 Intercity/regional services are expected to be cancelled during the rush-hour strike tomorrow, with another one threatened for November 6th.

You can find more information here.

Talks over the dispute on payment and productivity took place into the early hours of the morning throughout the week, but no deal to call off the planned action was reached.

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