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Irish Rail services are delayed by a signifiant 80 minutes from Heuston Station this morning. 

All services to Heuston are delayed by 30 minutes.

The delays are down to a mechanical issue on the line between Sallins and Newbridge.

'Disruption to all services in and out of Heuston at present due to mechanical issues between Sallins and Newbridge,' reads and Irish Rail tweet.

 Originally delays were expected to last 60 minutes, but an additional 20 minutes has since been added.

Passengers travelling in both directions have expressed their dismay at the service delays, with many noting that they had similar issues with the service last Monday. 

'Is this Irish Rails new Monday thing? Make sure everyone is stressed and late for work, and whatever you do don’t give any clear information,' one commuted tweeted in response. 

'If ye were an airline ye d be forced by law to compensate paying customers for all the disruptions to their journeys,' said another

It is not yet known if the mechanical issues will disrupt the evening commuter services. 

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While we're delighted that Dublin plays host to some of the biggest names in music on a regular basis, if you're not from the Big Smoke, the costs of concert attending can get steep. 

There's the cost of getting up to the capital from wherever in the country you hail, getting back home again AND if you're relying on public transport, there's a chance you might have to shell out for an overnight stay after the concert. 

Irish Rail is taking steps to combat this, and with Taylor Swift taking to Croke Park stadium this Friday and Saturday, the train authority has decided to add additional services to run after the concert to get you home safe. 

If you're from Galway or Cork, you;'re in luck, here are the times of the additional services after the gig: 

  • Dublin Heuston to Galway 00:30hrs
  • Dublin Heuston to Cork 00:40hrs

As for getting to the gig, an extra train at 9.05am has been added from Tralee to Dublin Heuston. 

If you're planning on getting any of the extra trains, it's worth noting that pre-booking as a must. 

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Iarnród Éireann has announced that major works will be taking place over this weekend, which will affect all Heuston routes, Northside DART, Drogheda, and Belfast services.

Heuston routes will be affected through Monday, as a new underbridge is being installed at Sallins.

Bus substitutions are being used for some services.

Be sure to check Irish Rail's website to see how your route is impacted.

No DARTs will be running between Howth, Malahide and Dublin Connolly today and Sunday so that tracks can be upgraded.

Services will operate between Connolly to Bray/Greystones for people relying on that route.

Regarding Belfast (Enterprise) systems, trains will only be running between Belfast and Drogheda today and Sunday.

Bus transfers will be used between Dublin Connolly and Drogheda.

Not ideal for the Easter weekend, we have to say.

For more details on service disruptions, visit Irish Rail's website here.

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There is no worse feeling than having to stand on a packed train home from work or off to visit another county. 

Your feet hurt, people are bumping in to you and nudging past you, and every time the train lurches you feel like your legs might go from under you as you try to juggle all your bags. Now imagine dealing with that while growing a new human.

The National Transport Authority reported that Irish Rail saw passenger numbers increase by 7.9 percent during 2016, and we can certainly feel that when we're on a jammed train.

While there are posters on trains telling people to give up their seats for pregnant women, people don’t always abide by the campaign.

It can also be incredibly awkward asking someone to give up their seat for you. All in all, it's not an ideal situation.

The Irish Times reports that Irish Rail is introducing ‘baby on board’ badges for expecting mums to wear, in the hope that they will eliminate awkwardness and ensure that pregnant women have comfortable train journeys.

The use of ‘baby on board’ badges has already worked on the London tube, and it sounds like a pretty nifty idea to us.

'Commuting by its nature, particularly in the morning and evening peak, is busy, with high demand on our services, including Dart and Commuter trains.'

'However, it should still be an environment where we all show consideration for others, a spokesperson for Irish Rail said to the Irish Times.

They continued, 'We hope the ‘baby on board’ badge will make commuting easier for mums-to-be, and make it easier for others to offer them assistance.'

'Already we’re seeing strong interest from pregnant women and, indeed, their partners, who are emailing us to get badges for their commute.'

If you are interested, email your name and address to babybadges@irishrail.ie.

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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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Today marked the first of five bouts of industrial action by Irish Rail 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. 

According to a statement released by Irish Rail, there are a number of other days on which strike action is planned, so mark those diaries. 

Trains will not operate across Intercity, DART and Commuter routes next Tuesday, November 7. 

The following week, strike action will also occur on a Tuesday, the 14th. 

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

Refunds are available for those who have planned to travel on those days. 

Strikers hope to secure a pay rise with the latest bout of industrial action bringing Ireland's transport services to a standstill. 

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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.

If you need to check out more, visit this website.

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If you were hoping to use the train or Dart to get home to see the family this Easter weekend, listen up.

There is major disruption to Irish Rail routes and services due to maintenance and improvement works going on on the line. 

"Customers using our services to and from Heuston, and all connecting services are advised to re-check your times before travelling on affected dates," reads an Iarnród Éireann statement. 

The works will affect train services on the Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Wastpoert and Waterford lines.

"Iarnród Éireann is continuing its programme of line improvement works on the Dublin to Cork line, focusing this year on the section between Hazelhatch and Thurles."

"The annual investment of €10 million in line improvements will lead to higher reliability, smoother running of trains and with other works deliver consistent 160kph speeds (100 mph)."

"This will deliver journey time improvements for customers."

You can check how your train service will be impacted here

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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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Dublin Bus spokesperson Cliodhna Ni Fhatharta has told Morning Ireland that all Dublin Bus services are currently cancelled. 

No buses are running, other than a very small number of services which left the depots extremely early this morning,

Cliodhna Ni Fhatharta told MI that the service disruption will hopefully not last all day. 

Workers at Irish Rail and Dublin Bus are engaging in secondary pickets this morning, after Bus Éireann picketers showed up at their depots at around 4am this morning.

Dublin Bus has said that customers will be updated throughout the day as to whether or not services will resume. 

The bus service also advised customer questions which routes were cancelled this morning that "all services" are impacted by the pickets.

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

Dart services have also been cancelled, along with a number of Irish Rail routes. 

The Luas is currently in operation. 

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