Rail tickets back on sale for GAA fans after strike action averted
Bitter dispute ends with new set of proposals
Thousands of rail tickets will go on sale this morning for GAA fans travelling to this weekend's All-Ireland hurling final.
The bitter Irish Rail dispute came to an end late last night as negotiations between the unions and the company were successful.
Irish Rail said it had blocked ticket sales for this weekend, when a third day of strike action was due to be held.
Up to 5,000 rail tickets are expected to be available from mid-morning for Kilkenny and Tipperary fans travelling to Croke Park for the match, it added.
Both SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union agreed a new set of proposals at the Labour Relations Commission.
As part of the deal proposed pay cuts have been put on hold for three weeks until union members vote on the new measures.
Representatives of the debt-laden Irish Rail resumed discussions with union representatives in the LRC yesterday until 130am this morning.
It is understand that the proposals help protect the interests of both customers and staff.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe welcomed the breakthrough.
"The fact that agreement has been reached by unions and management, which will allow the planned strike action to be averted, is most welcome," he said.
"All parties to the dispute are aware of the financial predicament of the company and this agreement is an essential element in addressing the challenges the company face."
The strike action was expected to take place this Sunday and Monday, a move that would have caused chaos for the 80,000 GAA fans set to descend upon the capital for the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.
Irish Rail has said that full services will now operate on those dates.