Thursday 18 January 2018

More frequent Dart service to get a boost

Irish Rail's long-promised 10-minute Dart service could soon be back on the agenda, according to sources. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Irish Rail's long-promised 10-minute Dart service could soon be back on the agenda, according to sources. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Fearghal O'Connor

Irish Rail's long-promised 10-minute Dart service could soon be back on the agenda, according to sources. A Labour Court recommendation that is due to deal with productivity and training issues could open the door to the service.

The recommendation is due following recent hearings into issues that have held up a major reorganisation of Dublin's rail services.

But the state company faces a separate battle over pay, which it claims could drive it into insolvency - a repeat of warnings issued by the management of sister company Bus Eireann during the recent bus strike.

In a recent Labour Court submission Irish Rail management revealed that it had suffered losses every year since 2008 and forecasted further losses of €6m in 2017, likely bringing accumulated losses at the end of this year to almost €160m.

However a trade union submission argues that Irish Rail has seen "a significant turnaround in fortunes" with revenue hitting levels not seen since the boom.

The union wants pay rises for drivers of 3.75pc per year - similar to what Dublin Bus drivers were recently awarded. But sources said a pay rise of just over 2pc - reflecting the recent public sector award - was a more achievable goal.

Sunday Indo Business

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