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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tourists frustrated as plans thrown into chaos

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

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Daher Al Baydli, right, with his friend Faiza Alssaedi, in Connolly Train Station, he was forced to take a bus to Sligo due to the strike, trains are not running as the National Bus and Rail union are staging a strike along with SIPTU represented rail workers workers. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 20/8/2014
Daher Al Baydli, right, with his friend Faiza Alssaedi, in Connolly Train Station yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers

TOURISTS' plans were left in disarray yesterday on the second day of the national rail strike.

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Daher AlBaybil from Iraq had intended to catch a lunchtime train from Connolly Station to Sligo.

But his plans were thrown into chaos, after learning at the last minute, that all trains had ground to a halt.

With numerous pieces of luggage in tow, he was forced to trundle across the street to Busaras and try to arrange a bus instead.

"I'm not happy and I don't agree with the strike," he said.

"I had no idea this was happening. I had arranged to meet my family and now this is a big inconvenience for me.

"I have a return ticket which I bought in Sligo one week ago before I left. But now it's no good.

"It will take us four hours to get there on a bus; on a train it's three hours."

His travel companion, Faiza Alssaedi from Libya, said she was also very annoyed the strike had paralysed rail traffic.

"It's not fair on us because now we have to try and find a bus for the journey.

"A train is so much more comfortable, because you have plenty of room, and can walk around."

"There are a lot of tourists at this time of year so it's annoying," said Aisling O'Hagan (22) from Newry in Co Down, who was also at Connolly Station yesterday.

"Somebody should definitely intervene if they're planning more strike days."

Her cousin, Sarah O'Hagan added: "In one way you can see the viewpoint of the workers.

"Obviously they're going to fight to keep their pay. But all this is definitely an inconvenience."

Irish Independent

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