Thursday 21 November 2019

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Public will be biggest losers from tomorrow's planned rail strike

It's not a secret that Tánaiste Joan Burton is in no rush back to the hustings
It's not a secret that Tánaiste Joan Burton is in no rush back to the hustings
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Tánaiste Joan Burton said the “biggest losers” from tomorrow’s planned Irish Rail strike will be commuters and Bank Holiday travellers.

Ms Burton said the industrial action will also have a severe impact on Irish Rail’s finances as the Bank Holiday is a “major revenue generating weekend”.

Speaking during Leader’s Questions in the Dáil, the Labour Party leader said her grandfather worked for the rail service and said train drivers had an “important job”.

Ms Burton said the best way of settling the dispute is through discussions, as are currently take place between Irish Rail management and unions.

Irish Rail workers have threatened to hold a three hour strike at rush hour on Friday morning.

Talks are ongoing at the Work Place Commission.

Timmy Dooley accused Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe of being a “casual observer” when it comes to the looming industrial dispute.

He said Mr Paschal called for the strike to be called off like a “hurler on the ditch”.

The Clare TD also criticised the Government for what he believed is its failure to invest in the country’s railways.

Ms Burton defended the Government’s investment in the rail service by highlighting a number of projects due for capital investment.

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