Trains protest hits services hard

Rail services between Cork and Dublin have been thrown into chaos this morning due to unofficial strike action by train drivers.

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.

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