Opinion

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Editorial: New approach needed to resolve the rail strike

Members of the National Bus And Rail Union (NBRU) stand outside Heuston Station
Members of the National Bus And Rail Union (NBRU) stand outside Heuston Station

Tales of "ghost trains" to heroic games in Croke Park took on a new dimension yesterday. Thousands cheered epic games between the minor and senior footballers from Mayo and Kerry but our railway stations were eerily silent.

And those thousands who made it to Croke Park without the trains proved that life will go on, with or without our rail services. There were no trains yesterday - but life continued.

Today is day two of a planned five days of stoppages announced by frontline SIPTU and NBRU train staff. The strikes mean huge inconvenience for commuters in Dublin and other major centres, as well as mainline passengers seeking to do commercial and social business.

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