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Irish Rail Strike: What you need to know about tomorrow

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Strike action seems likely to go ahead tomorrow
Strike action seems likely to go ahead tomorrow

Tens of thousands of rail users are set to be affected by proposed strike action tomorrow morning.

Talks between unions and Irish Rail in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) broke down in the early hours of this morning.

They restarted earlier today but a resolution seems unlikely, those involved have said. 

National Rail and Bus Union general secretary Dermot O’Leary said talks had stalled. 

"Our appeal yesterday to the minister and the department to advise the company side to actually negotiate has, it would appear, fallen on deaf ears.

"Despite the best efforts of the Workplace Relations Commission it has become frustratingly clear to those of us on the trade union side that every genuine attempt by the parties at the talks to work towards a resolution is being stymied by forces within the company."

Iarnród Eireann spokesperson Barry Kenny told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today that negotiations had been slow. 

"We do feel there is a route to a resolution that would meet the goal of ensuring there was benefit there that could be shared between the company and the drivers."

So it's looking like the strike action will go ahead. 

If talks fail there will be no DART, commuter or inter-city services between 6.00 and 9.00am on Friday.

AA Roadwatch is warning people to arrange alternative methods of travel, and to leave early as the roads will be more busy than usual.

Private bus companies are expected to add more trips to cater to the high number of commuters. 

Iarnród Éireann has said customers who purchase their tickets through their company as part of the Taxsaver scheme can apply for a refund for the day that their travel plans were impacted by the Industrial Action.

The Taxsaver refund form is available through the Irish Rail website, and should be completed from Tuesday October 27.