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Iarnród Éireann strike action hits North Louth commuters

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The Iarnród Éireann strike hit north Louth commuters this Sunday and Monday, with a closure of services across the busy Northern line.

The Enterprise service only operated between Belfast and Newry, leaving Dundalk rail users having to make other arrangements for the day.

In a statement Iarnród Éireann advised customers that, “due to industrial action by NBRU and SIPTU, rail services are not operating across Intercity, DART and Commuter routes on the following dates.”

The strike did however have a silver lining for other local transport operators. Matthews bus operators reported a modest increase in passengers on Monday morning.

Matthews Fleet and Quality Manager Noel Matthews said:

“We experienced a slight increase in numbers travelling this morning due to the rail strike, but we had provided five extra coaches so we could comfortably deal with any increased demand,”

As many as 100,000 commuters have been effected by the strike.

Further industrial action has been threatened for Sunday 7 September, Monday 8 September, and Sunday 21 September.

 

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