Sunday 11 December 2016

Commuters unfairly caught in the middle

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Irish Rail chief executive David Franks
Irish Rail chief executive David Franks

The showdown between the train drivers and Iarnród Eireann should never have come to such a pass.

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As far back as last August the Bank Holiday weekend had been fixed as a time when maximum disruption could be visited on passengers trying to get to work. Thus, those who have least to do with the dispute would end up being hit hardest. Any withdrawal of public services has massive consequences, which are factored into the battle plan of the unions to bring further pressure on the State to cave-in.

Caught in the middle is the commuter on whom every other day the train drivers depends to pay their wages.

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