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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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As Bus Éireann  enters the fifth day of strike action, there are fears that Dublin Bus and Irish Rail may also strike in solidarity. 

SIPTU is balloting its members at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail on taking industrial action.

Irish Rail workers previously engaged with the strike by refusing to cross the picket line last week, disrupting services. 

"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," read a statement from Irish Rail at the time. 

 SIPTU representatives of Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Bus Éireann   met yesterday to discuss the strike. 

“The meeting also gave a mandate for a ballot for industrial action of union members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail in sympathy with and in support of their colleagues in Bus Éireann ," said SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone. 

"They believe that they are next in the firing line if management in Bus Éireann is allowed to force through cuts to wages and changes to conditions of employment of their staff.”

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Irish commuters were at a stand-still yesterday as Bus Éireann launched their strike action, which also impacted Iarnród Éireann.

Multiple rail services were disrupted yesterday, but the train schedules will not be affected today as Bus Éireann's second day of strike action goes ahead. 

"Iarnród Éireann advises customers that all services are operating on all routes today Saturday 25th March."

"We do not anticipate further disruption arising from the Bus Éireann dispute."

"Iarnród Éireann is not a party to this dispute," reads a statement on the Iarnród Éireann.website. 

That's good news for anyone wishing to travel this weekend. 

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Bus Éireann has announced an all-out strike, which is in place since midnight last night. 

Talks between five trade unions lasted more than three hours yesterday, and SIPTU’s transport sector organiser, Willie Noone, said the “time for talking is over.”

Now, Iarnród Éireann is being affected by the strike. 

"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," reads a statement from Irish Rail.

"Iarnród Éireann is not a party to this dispute."

Limited services will be available on the Dublin/Cork, Dublin/Limerick, Dublin/Galway, Dublin/Sligo, Dublin/Waterford and Dublin/Rosslare lines.

The 09:00am Sligo to Connolly service and the 09:40am Connolly to Rosslare service are both cancelled. 

The 12.00pm Dublin/Cork service has also been cancelled. 

Feature image: Irish Rail/Twitter

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So we all recall the hassle and drama that ensued when Dublin Bus went on strike last year. 

The city was in chaos as people struggled to get to work and after an extended period of regular strikes, the bus drivers came to an agreement over pay. 

Now that possibility looms over Dublin commuters once again, as Dublin Bus workers will be balloted for industrial action as they believe that there has been a breach of their pay agreement.

The National Bus and Rail Union said that option to make pay increases pensionable was meant to come into effect from the 1 February, an option that was promised by Dublin Bus and approved by the Workplace Relations Commission, according to the Journal. 

Now Dublin Bus is seeking a month long extension to this, so workers represented by the NBRU could vote to go on strike.

The ballot will take place on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February at all Dublin Bus depots so workers can vote whether or not to pursue industrial action. 

Bus Eireann is also due to strike in two weeks time over pay cuts.

Irish Rail and Dublin Bus members represented by SIPTU have indicated that they will strike in solidarity with Bus Eireann.

“There is a strong commitment by SIPTU members across these companies to display solidarity with workers in Bus Éireann, whose conditions of employment are currently under vicious attack," said SIPTU sector organiser, Willie Noone.

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Commuters will be faced with a change in fares come 2017, with it going up for some and down for others.

This afternoon, The National Transport Authority announced that fares for Luas, Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann will be restructured, and commuters will now pay for the distance they travel.

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For some it's a win, and for others it's a loss, but the NTA has said that fares will remain the same for the majority of passengers.

For example, an adult single Dart trip from Raheny to Bray currently costs €3.56 if you pay by Leap card, and €4.60 in cash. This will increases to a Leap card fare of €4.69 and a cash fare of €5.90.

However, an adult single Dart trip from Bayside to Clontarf Road currently costs €2.46 with a Leap card, and €3.25 with cash. In 2017, it will decrease to €1.73 on the Leap card and €2.20 in cash.

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The NTA said: “This year’s fare determination has taken the opportunity to adjust fares to move closer to achieving the authority’s fares policy such as discount of approximately 30pc for students, and 50pc for children.

“It is also the view of the authority that annual fares should be approximately equivalent to ten times a monthly fare.”

Will this change be better or worse for you?

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When it comes to public transport there is no doubt that we would all much prefer to take the train rather than the bus.

Better views from the window, more comfortable seats and the option to go to the bathroom if nature calls.

But one big downside to that scenic, spacious journey is the irritating announcement we have to listen to every time we pull away from a station.

You know the one, the automated message that reminds you every 20 minutes that indeed you are still on the same train you got on an hour ago.

Listing every stop along the way in an unbearably monotonous tone, the Irish Rail announcement is the reason they sell headphones at the station shop.

However, one Kerry man has done what we never thought possible; he has made the announcement entertaining.

Comedian Bernard Casey posted the simple video to his Facebook page on Friday and has since been viewed over 110,000 times.

The simple impersonation is probably the funniest thing we’ve seen all day.

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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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Commuters can expect a smooth journey to work this morning as it's been confirmed that Irish Rail's strike plans have been called off.

After over 17 hours of discussion between Irish Rail and the workers unions Siptu and NBRU, the strike's cancellation was confirmed just after 4am.

If the industrial action had gone ahead, a total of 41 Dart services, 45 Dublin Commuter services, 30 Cork Commuter services, and 42 Intercity/regional services would have been stalled between the hours of 6am and 9am today.

The cancellation of the strike came as a something of a surprise, as the unions had warned last night that it was highly likely to go ahead.

A similar stoppage went ahead as planned two weeks ago, in relation to the same dispute over working hours and productivity.

Irish Rail have now confirmed that there will be full rail service around the country with "minimal disruption," although there may be slight delays as rail drivers arrive to work.

However customers should be aware that Irish Rail's journey planner and realtime website/app info may not work as normal.

Of course, even with the good news, not everyone is happy, as some commuters had arranged days off and alternative travel plans:

Hopefully this will be the last threat of strike action we have for a while.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go to work again… you realise that the trains won't be running tomorrow morning.

Yup, a total of 41 Dart services, 45 Dublin Commuter services, 30 Cork Commuter services, and 42 Intercity/regional services will in all likelihood be cancelled (unless last-minute crises talks prove successful). Gulp!

Taking place from 6am to 9am as a result of industrial action by drivers, it's sure to cause commuters – to say the least – plenty of Friday mayhem. 

Trains that leave before the planned strike at 6am will continue to travel as normal, Irish Rail has confirmed. 

During a similar strike held last month, disgruntled passengers may remember that Hailo had one of its busiest mornings ever as thousands sought out alternative ways to get to work and college.

Today, the taxi company was encouraging anyone hitting the road before 9am tomorrow to plan their journey carefully.

From 7am to 10am it's also offering a helpful 20 percent off journeys – an incentive which proved hugely popular last time.

"The 20 percent discount codes will be displayed on our Facebook and Twitter profiles as soon as they are live," it added in a statement.

In addition, Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Luas tram services will all be operating normally – albeit at full capacity so make sure to allow extra time for our trip.

More information is also available at irishrail.ie.

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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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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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