Commuters facing major disruption as strike set for Friday mornings

Strike: Stoppages are due to take place on two Fridays
Strike: Stoppages are due to take place on two Fridays

Commuters are facing travel chaos over the next few weeks after Irish Rail train drivers announced that they would be taking part in two three-hour work stoppages.

The stoppages are due to take place on Fridays October 23 and November 6, and will affect Dart, commuter and Inter-city services between 6am to 9am on the two mornings in question.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe described the announcement as "very disappointing" and urged unions to enter talks with Irish Rail.

Dermot O'Leary, general secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) said that staff had been left with "no other option".

Irish Rail said that "only dialogue... will resolve this issue" and urged drivers to withdraw the stoppage.

SIPTU organiser Paul Cullen said the decision for the two stoppages was indicative of "the level of frustration felt" by the drivers.

It comes two days after the NBRU warned of potential industrial action at Dublin Bus in a dispute over pay.

John Brennan