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Irish Rail Strike: Everything you need to know

Irish Rail Strike: Everything you need to know

Further chaos likely for commuters as the public are urged to make alternative travel plans for Friday morning due to Irish Rail industrial dispute talks making "extremely slow progress".

Rail workers look set to strike between 6am and 9am on Friday, causing further havoc for commuters who suffered through an initial strike two weeks ago.

Last-minute talks are ongoing tonight between Irish Rail senior management and the two unions involved, Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU).

“Progress is extremely slow and the fundamentals remain as they were," a source close to the talks said earlier this evening.

Iarnrod Eireann has advised customers of service changes should the proposed strike go ahead.

All Intercity, DART and Commuter trains scheduled between the three-hour slot will be cancelled but services before 6am on Friday are expected to operate normally.

Due to the three hour strike, there will also be disruptions to services after 9am.

Irish Rail added that services may be subject to change at short notice and that there may also be altered capacity on certain services.

Rail tickets will not be valid on services of other public transport providers.

The strike will affect an estimated 60,000 people.

The company has also issued details of how online customers who are booked to travel during the hours of disruption on Friday can use their tickets on any of the following services with no extra cost:

- Friday November 6, at an earlier or later time

- Saturday November 7, at any time

Customers can also submit their ticket and receive a full refund.

It is understood that union bosses believe the strike will go ahead as planned and have blasted Irish Rail Chief Executive David Franks for sending a letter to workers earlier this week which warned them that their demands were "unaffordable".

In the letter, it is claimed that he accused the NBRU and Siptu of creating "false hope" after the unions looked for a reduced working week and changes to productivity from the company.

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O'Leary has said that the majority of workers were left angered by the letter, while Siptu's Paul Cullen has described the letter as "most unhelpful".

However, Irish Rail Spokesperson Barry Kenny has said that the "vast majority" of workers have now accepted Mr Franks' letter.

Colm Hayes