Commuters take to Twitter to organise carpooling

Trusting Irish commuters are side-stepping the Bus Éireann industrial action dispute by taking to Twitter to organise carpooling across the nation.

In a move that bears more than a passing resemblance to a lazy Hollywood slasher film plot, strangers travelling long distances during the strike have joined forces to help each other overcome the obstacle.

In recent days, social network site Twitter has been peppered with messages from Irish members seeking information from other users on how to get from A to B.

And, with the bus strike continuing to cause havoc, thousands of people are now adding the #liftfairy hashtag to their messages in order to organise carpooling to destinations around the country.

While the hashtag has already been in operation for various events in recent months, the Bus Éireann dispute has seen it become an essential part of Irish people’s Twitter experience.

And with strangers helping each other out with joint journeys from Cork to Donegal, Galway to Dublin, and other destinations in recent days, its use has already been underlined — with even official organisations tipping their caps to the initiative’s ingenuity.

“Great to see people helping out with #liftfairy! Anyone affected by the Bus Éireann industrial action should check it out,” wrote the official AA Roadwatch Twitter account last night.

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