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Saturday 17 August 2019

Commuters resigned to disruption in throes of travel chaos

Clare Geoghegan Picture: Caroline Quinn
Clare Geoghegan Picture: Caroline Quinn

Allison Bray

Commuters were resigned to their own contingency plans as they faced today without commuter rail or Dart services.

The first of five 24-hour nationwide rail strikes kicked off at midnight last night, leaving around 155,000 Irish Rail customers without service.

Trinity College student Clare Geoghegan from Cabra, who normally takes the train from Ashtown to Connolly station, said the strike means she has no idea what time she'll make it to class, assuming she's able to get a Dublin Bus at the height of the morning rush hour.

"It might just be the difference of half an hour, but I could be sitting in traffic all morning," she said. "I don't know if I'm going to be late for my lectures. I don't know how things are going to go," she said on her way home from Connolly station last night.

Clare Healy from Leixlip, Co Kildare, normally takes the train from Maynooth to her job at the IFSC.

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Clare Healy Picture: Caroline Quinn

She said the strike will mean she will work from home.

"We're very lucky that we can work from home and it means that most of the office will be working from home tomorrow," she said. But if she didn't have that option, she said she would be facing a very long and stressful commute into town. "There is Dublin Bus, which my husband uses, but it will be absolutely mobbed tomorrow. It will be very uncomfortable and jammers."

Paul Aylward from Straffan, Co Kildare, who works for an insurance firm also at the IFSC, said he is lucky he can also work from home.

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Paul Aylward, from Straffan Picture: Caroline Quinn

"There's really no other option," he said, adding driving to and from work would take about two hours each way.

Jericha Irwin, who lives in Bayside, said she is fortunate to have a "forgiving" boss if she's late getting to her job as a receptionist at the IFSC.

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Jericha Irwin and Simon Moore, from Bayside Picture: Caroline Quinn

But she said she is also fortunate to live near various bus routes and there are several alternatives. "So even if loads of buses go by packed, there will be one that comes along," she said.

Irish Independent

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