Rail services between Cork and Dublin have been thrown into chaos this morning due to unofficial strike action by train drivers.
The stoppage follows a failed attempt between unions and management to avert the action during talks yesterday.
The drivers had warned that they would not operate new inter-city trains on the Cork/Dublin and Cork/Tralee routes as part of a dispute over pay.
Their action this morning has led to the cancellation of all services out of Kent Station in Cork and is also affecting the Cork/Cobh commuter route.
Drivers in Dublin have also downed tools in solidarity with their Cork colleagues, leading to the cancellation of services out of Heuston Station.
Iarnód Éireann is refusing to re-enter talks with the drivers until they end their stoppage and return to work.
It says the Labour Court has already ruled that there is no basis for their claims for a pay increase in return for operating the new trains.
Iarnód Éireann is updating its website through the day with news on affected services.
The following services from Cork have not operated:
05.30hrs Cork – Heuston
05.45hrs Cork – Cobh
05.50hrs Cork – Tralee
05.50hrs Tralee – Cork operated to Mallow only
07.00hrs Cork – Dublin
The following services from Heuston Station have not operated:
06.15hrs Heuston – Portlaoise
06.35hrs Heuston – Newbridge
07.00hrs Heuston – Cork
07.10hrs Heuston – Galway
07.30hrs Newbridge – Heuston
07.41hrs Portlaoise – Heuston
07.50hrs Limerick – Heuston
All Kildare Suburban Services have been suspended until further notice.
There is also currently no service between Limerick and Limerick Junction nor between Limerick and Ballybrophy.